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Cultural Dialogue as Identity-Work


by Cheryl McLean — 2011

This chapter explores literacy and identity negotiation as a cultural dialogue involving the dynamic intersection of public, private, physical, and virtual spaces that contemporary youth inhabit. In this case study, the ways in which 1 Caribbean immigrant adolescent negotiates such spaces and cultural resources represent identity-work. Through her digital literacy practices, this young person actively constructs her sense of self by creating a space where her cultural and literate identities can coexist.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 110. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 113 Number 13, 2011, p. 153-172
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18381, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 10:23:49 AM

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  • Cheryl McLean
    Rutgers University
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    CHERYL MCLEAN is an assistant professor in literacy education at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include adolescent literacy and identity, immigrant adolescent learners, digital literacy, and critical pedagogy in teacher education. Her current work explores how youth use digital and multimodal texts and artifacts to construct their literate identities across transnational spaces.
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