Rethinking Popular Culture and Media
is essential reading for all educators. Its gripping essays are written by teachers courageously helping students of all ages grapple with our media-saturated, commercially driven society. Their passion and experiences provide fodder, hope, and roadmaps for anyone committed to using the classroom to help children think critically and live creatively. --Susan Linn, Harvard Medical Schools, Co-founder and Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood; author of Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood
This superb collection is based on the editors belief that popular culture is a place where young people's identities are both expressed and shaped by forces beyond their control. The starting point of any defense and reaction to this environment is critical reflection. The essays collected here will provide teachers and educators with an invaluable resource to think creatively about their own pedagogical activities in the classroom. Should be required reading for anyone dealing with issues of young people, media and popular culture. --Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Founder and Executive Director, Media Education Foundation
About the Author
Elizabeth Marshall, Ph.D. teaches in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver Canada, where she researches children's and young adult literature and popular culture. Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals, including the Harvard Educational Review, Reading Research Quarterly, Gender & Education, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, and The Lion and The Unicorn.
Özlem Sensoy, Ph.D. teaches in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver Canada. She conducts research on topics that include critical media literacy, critical pedagogy, cultural studies, and multicultural education. Her research articles have appeared in journals including Gender & Education, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, and Equity & Excellence in Education. She is the editor of Muslim Voices in School: Narratives of Identity and Pluralism, which in 2010 won the National Association for Multicultural book award.