Once in a while, we argue, an author comes in with a clear conviction and a mastery of language that enable them to create “strong poetry,” a new vision. Using Rorty, we call this person a “strong poet.” This is the case with Christopher Emdin’s (2016) book. He not only reimagines the social category of “White folks,” but also works against the notion of schooling and education they advocate for, which Emdin calls “White folks pedagogy.” Emdin also reimagines “the hood,” not as a geographical, but as a sociocultural category. In sum, Emdin articulates a vision that qualifies him as a strong poet, that is to say, as part of those who have a deep desire to tell us a new story.
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Challenging White Folks Pedagogy. A Book Review of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y’all Too—Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education.
Democracy and Education,
(1), Article 16.
Available at: http://democracyeducationjournal.org/home/vol25/iss1/16