A book review of Youth, Critical Literacies, and Civic Engagement by T. Rogers, K.-L. Winters, M. Perry, and A.M. LaMonde. In Youth, Critical Literacies, and Civic Engagement, the authors presented three analytic vignettes from field work at three sites where youth employed either writing and publishing, filmmaking, or theater performance to make critical claims about their everyday lives and social issues that directly affect them. The authors used critical theory to link their empirical data to larger enterprises of resistance and counter narratives about how society views youth. They further posited that these efforts are examples of civic engagement. They were more successful in sketching out the expressions of critical literacy and public art than they were in linking said enterprises to larger political and social discourse and agency.
When Theory Doesn't Necessarily Meet Practice. A Book Review of Youth, Critical Literacies, and Civic Engagement: Arts, Media and Literacy in the Lives of Adolescents.
Democracy and Education,
(2), Article 16.
Available at: http://democracyeducationjournal.org/home/vol24/iss2/16