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Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity
by Marc Lamont Hill

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    List Price: $25.95
    Format: Paperback, 192 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780807749609
    Imprint: Teachers College Press
    Publisher: Teachers College
    Parent Company: Columbia University
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    Book Description: 'Hill’s book is a beautifully written reminder that the achievement gaps that students experience may be more accurately characterized as cultural gaps--between them and their teachers (and the larger society). This is a book that helps us see the power and potential of pedagogy. It is not merely what Hill decides to teach that matters. It is also how he teaches it that connects with the students.'
    -- From the Foreword by Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin-Madison



    'Offering a complex representation of the history, uses, and modes of storytelling that has made hip-hop one of the most powerful markers of contemporary youth culture, Marc Lamont Hill has written a book that brilliantly engages all of the important issues about youth, memory, race, and education that are crucial to understanding and engaging hip-hop culture. This book is invaluable for anyone interested in hip-hop culture, identity, education, and youth.'
    -- Henry Giroux, author, The Abandoned Generation: Democracy Beyond the Culture of Fear, Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University, Ontario



    For over a decade, educators have looked to capitalize on the appeal of hip-hop culture, sampling its language, techniques, and styles as a way of reaching out to students. But beyond a fashionable hipness, what does hip-hop have to offer our schools? In this revelatory new book, Marc Lamont Hill shows how a serious engagement with hip-hop culture can affect classroom life in extraordinary ways. Based on his experience teaching a hip-hop-centered English literature course in a Philadelphia high school, and drawing from a range of theories on youth culture, identity, and educational processes, Hill offers a compelling case for the power of hip-hop in the classroom. In addition to driving up attendance and test performance, Hill shows how hip-hop based educational settings enable students and teachers to renegotiate their classroom identities in complex, contradictory, and often unpredictable ways.


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