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    Popular Culture and Democratic Practice

    Nadine Dolby
    In this introduction to the study of popular culture in education, Nadine Dolby offers an insightful review of the literature informing this work. Her essay sets the tone and theme for this Special Issue, and begins to address why educators and educational researchers should pay particular attention to popular culture. Discussing the relevant literature and introducing readers to historical debates in the field, Dolby distinguishes between various understandings of popular culture and approaches to studying its relationship to education. Ultimately, Dolby argues, the importance of popular culture and its connection to education lies in the role it plays as a site for engaging in the process of democratic practice. She encourages educators to engage young people in a deep exploration of the multiple dimensions of popular culture and the public sphere, and highlights examples of this kind of engagement. (pp. 258-284)

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    Fall 2003 Issue


    Popular Culture and Democratic Practice
    Nadine Dolby
    Merchants of Death
    Media Violence and American Empire
    David Trend
    Media Education and the End of the Critical Consumer
    David Buckingham
    "Welcome to the Jam"
    Popular Culture, School Literacy, and the Making of Childhoods
    Anne Haas Dyson
    Open Mics and Open Minds
    Spoken Word Poetry in African Diaspora Participatory Literacy Communities
    Maisha T. Fisher
    Foot Soldiers of Modernity
    The Dialectics of Cultural Consumption and the 21st-Century School
    Paul Willis
    Cultural Negotiations
    Puerto Rican Intellectuals in a State-Sponsored Community Education Project, 1948-1968
    Cati Marsh Kennerley
    Contesting Culture
    Identity and Curriculum Dilemmas in the Age of Globalization, Postcolonialism, and Multiplicity
    Cameron McCarthy, Michael Giardina, Susan Harewood, and Jin-Kyung Park

    Book Notes

    Desis in the House
    By Sunaina Marr Maira

    Growing Up with Television
    By JoEllen Fisherkeller

    Latino/a Popular Culture
    Edited by Michelle Habell-Pallán and Mary Romero

    Brave New Voices
    By Jen Weiss and Scott Herndon

    By Tucker Shaw