• Humanities & Social Sciences
      December 2014

      (Re)thinking Orientalism

      Using Graphic Narratives to Teach Critical Visual Literacy

      by Rachel Bailey Jones

      (Re)thinking Orientalism is a text that examines the visual discourse of Orientalism through the pedagogy of contemporary graphic narratives. Using feminist, critical race, and postcolonial theoretical and pedagogical lenses, the book uses visual discourse analysis and visual semiology to situate the narratives within Islamophobia and neo-Orientalism in the post-9/11 media context. In the absence of mainstream media that tells the complex stories of Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world, there has been a wave of publications of graphic narratives written and drawn from various perspectives that can be used to create curriculum that presents culture, religion, and experience from a multitude of perspectives. The book is an accessible, upper level undergraduate/graduate level text written to give readers insights into toxic xenophobia created through media representation. It provides a theoretical foundation for students to engage in critical analysis and production of visual media.

    • Society & culture: general
      May 2006

      «It’s Just Easier Not to Go to School»

      Adolescent Girls and Disengagement in Middle School

      by Lori Olafson

      This book examines the lived experience of adolescent girls at school and provides an analysis of girls who demonstrate an ability to perform well academically, yet resist the regimes of school in various ways. Drawing on a study of ten middle school girls, it describes the conditions of life in school that lead to disengagement and resistance. In the social world of the school, the girls experience conflicting desires and identities. Resistance to schooling seems to be more about resistance to identity. This book makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the complex worlds that students and teachers create. It is essential reading for anyone interested in adolescent studies.

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