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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Rethinking Schools, Ltd (March 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094296148X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942961485
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 (New Press)

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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bakari Chavanu VINE VOICE on May 7, 2011
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If you're a teacher or educator of any discipline, and you want to really engage your students and help them think critically, then you should integrate popular culture and media literacy into your courses. No one escapes our media entrenched society. Media and popular culture help shape our values, stereotypes, prejudices, and political views. Media is both a powerful story telling institution and a means of information consumption. But it is also a tool to manipulate and misinform those who uncritically consume it.

During my years of teaching, I used the pedagogy of popular culture and media to teach writing, reading, and critical thinking. My students analyzed advertising messages, wrote essays and research papers on controversial issues related to violence in the media, gender stereotypes, bias in the news, and the art and power of story telling. Every student was engaged because they all shared experiences and opinions of popular songs, movies, televisions shows, teen magazines, and video games. Even when I had to teach classic novels such as The Great Gatsby, we studied the work alongside watching Oliver Stones' Wall Street--both of which focus on class and the American Dream.

Thus, I'm a proud to share the publication of Rethinking Popular Culture and Media, which includes two of my previously published articles ("Seventeen, Self-Image, and Stereotypes," and "Examining Media Violence") about how I used media literacy in the classroom. I'm honored to be published alongside the progressive teachers, activists, and educators like Bob Peterson, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Bigelow, Linda Christensen, Wayne Au, and Herbert Kohl.

Rethinking Popular Culture and Media makes for a great introduction to the subject.
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Extremely radical resource for ideas to get students thinking about critical issues in popular culture and media. Enlightening for myself as well.
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By Don D. Bouchard on July 30, 2013
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The Marshall text is a collection of essays and articles on the impact of popular culture and media on the next generation of Americans. Multiple perspectives provide the reader with a largely skeptical perspective of the American capitalist machine that drives us to empty our minds and our pockets in conformity with whatever is being "sold" as the American way at the moment. Most articles are presented from a "Leftist" liberal slant, so that factor must be considered by the savvy reader.
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By Ashie Roo on November 7, 2011
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I bought this book for a university-level Media Literacy class. I enjoy the way it's put together- it is a collection of essays that pertain to Media Literacy and Popular Culture, and they are overwhelmingly easy to read and enjoyable. They really make you think! Everyone in the class far prefers this book to the other texts assigned for the class.
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