- Title: Literacy and Advocacy in Adolescent Family, Gang, School, and Juvenile Court Communities: Crip 4 Life
- Author: Debra Smith, Kathryn F. Whitmore
- Released: 2005-11-11
- Pages: 232
- ISBN: 0805855998
- ISBN13: 978-0805855999
- ASIN: 0805855998
This volume is an ethnographic study of four Mexican American male adolescents and their involvement in gangs and school. By using storytelling, the authors give meaning to the reader's and the boys' world. Recommended. All readership levels.
Debbie Smith and Kathy Whitmore have produced a remarkable book....In this age of fragmentation when the alienation of youth has reached such an extreme [they] have provided us not only with an opportunity for reflection, but also for direct action in our classrooms and in our communities to reach out and change the conditions of those who grow up disenfranchised and dispossessed.
From the Foreword
This is exactly the type of study that we need in the expanding and generative area of Literacy Studies. It explores populations that are under-represented in published research--Mexican American students, high school students, and gang communities, and provides much needed and topical insights into the literacy communities that these students negotiate.