quote of the day – embrace the chase

I’m reviewing a book for my Arts in Urban Schools course called Reading Youth Writing: New Literacies, Cultural Studies & Education (Michael Hoechsmann &  Bronwen E. Low, 2008). I just started but I’m enjoying the theoretical framework(s) that the authors employ in their study of hip hop, YouTube, and other oral and written means by which young people express themselves. I dig this quote, explaining why cultural studies can offer useful perspectives educators grappling with youth literacy:

“Popular culture is transient, shifting, contradictory, and multifaceted, and academic frameworks will always be ten steps behind, struggling to keep up.  Cultural studies embraces the chase, alert to the changing shapes and directions of the popular, and thus is a crucial framework for educators committed to understanding and engaging, rather than reifying, adolescents’ out-of-school literacies. ” (pg. 31)

Finally – some assigned reading that I can look forward to!


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