Taboo

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Vol. 13, No. 2, Fall

Polluted Postcolonialism of a White West Virginian, or, a Transversal Gaze toward Transnationalism
I'm not sure what to do with being somebody's "Other." This article is an exploration of my own sense of being Othered (Brown, 2005) in contradictory ways, and the responses to that othering my research is taking, arcing between postcolonial theory...
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Perspectives on the Editor's Mentoring-for-Democracy Role in Publication
This article describes perspectives on the role and responsibility of editors in mentoring authors through the publishing process. Our perspectives as journal editors are framed by our experiences as university professors involved in editing numerous...
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Postcards of the Familiar: A Meditation on Memories, the Magical, and Self-Realization
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sometimes the decision to choose a destination is practical and other times travels come about quite magically. During my 2010 sabbatical, I traveled to several destinations including Armenia, India, Greece, and Italy. Unlike...
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Who and What Should We Educate Our Students to Be? an Inquiry into the Curriculum of Multiculturalism in Education
"I'm American, not Chinese! Don't mistake me as Chinese! I'm fed up being thought by others to have anything to do with Chinese!" Upon hearing these words, intuition may tell you that this is a person who has been wronged many times in terms of...
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Developmental Education: Preparing White Campuses for African-American Students
Twenty years ago, in an interview, Keeter (1987) asked Professor Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the first to campaign for the presidency, if she knew of faculty behaviors that alienate African-American...
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Introduction
Welcome to the second edition of Taboo for 2013. Firstly, we wish to thank the previous editors and all those who have worked to compile a collection of high-quality submissions, which we have the privilege of including here. Our apologies to many...
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Autobiographical Research: Another Brick in the Wall: Analyzing a Perfectionist through Bricolage
I was introduced to the bricolage in educational research when Shirley Steinberg asked me to conduct autobiographical primary research--a more interesting, enlightening, and rigorous experience than I could have ever expected. Writing an autobiography...
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The Building of Consumerism and the Impact of School Sorting
A recent 2008 television commercial for Rogers Phone shows a group of young people sitting around a table, when suddenly a young woman comes up to share that she got a new phone for Christmas. In fact, she had opened it early and was using it, but...
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Preparing Teacher-Researchers for Local-Global, Multicultural Classrooms: Prospects for Postcritical and Feminist Qualitative Methodologies
Student populations in the U.S. are becoming increasingly diverse, as global migration and immigration bring greater numbers of people from around the world to our already multicultural communities and schools (Banks, 2008,2009; Brown & Kysilka,...
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Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring

Introduction: From Taboo to New Taboo
1995, the first issue of Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education debuted at the American Educational Research Association. Handing out mouse pads and black mugs, Peter Lang Publishing stormed the scene with a cutting edge new journal. The product...
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Youth, Space, Cities: Toward the Concrete
The expression "urban society" meets a theoretical need. It is more than simply a literary or pedagogical device, or even the expression of some form of acquired knowledge; it is an elaboration, a search, a conceptual formulation. A movement of thought...
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Students' Bodily Carvings in School Spaces of the Post-Apartheid City
The (post)-colonized person is a living, talking, conscious, active individual whose identity arises from a three-pronged movement of violation, erasure and self-writing. (Mbembe, 2006, p. 3) This article is an account of the school-going subject...
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Sonic Cartography: Mapping Space, Place, Race, and Identity in an Urban Middle School
This article began as an exploration of the ways in which sounds can be utilized to understand urban educational contexts. My interest in this intersection has manifest in a longitudinal interpretive study that examines how writing songs about academic...
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Structured Spaces of Play in a Southwestern U.S. Urban Elementary Classroom: Dialectics of Community and Academic Rigor
Sixteen bodies attentively listened from a six foot square blue carpet, facing a small white board covered mostly in instructional posters, hand-made by their teacher, Ms. Chamorro. (1) Ms. Chamoro has just asked her 2nd graders at her Title I elementary...
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Dreaming and Surviving in Heterotopia: First-Generation Immigrant Girls' Pursuit of the American Dream in New York City
The construction of identities is spatial (Foucault & Rabinow, 1984, Harvey 1989; Rasmussen, 2004). The meaning of who we are is shaped by meanings of spaces that we occupy in our lives. As we enter and exit various spaces in our lives, we construct...
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RicanStruction Sites: Race, Space, and Place in the Education of DiaspoRican Youth
Significant increases in the population of Latina/os in the United States, coupled with persistently problematic academic outcomes for this group, have resulted in increased attention given to the education of Latina/o youth. One-fifth of all students...
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"Can We Just Get Rid of the Classroom?" Thinking Space, Relationally
From the moment there is genius, there is something that belongs to no school, no period, something that achieves a breakthrough. --Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, The "Anti-Oedipus" from A Thousand Plateaus ... to begin always anew, to...
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Thinking Spatially and Moving towards the Material: A Essay on Seeking Spatial Justice by Edward Soja
Now main streets whitewashed windows and vacant stores Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back...
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Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring-Summer

Editorial
You'll be receiving this issue at the end of the Summer of 2006, and looking towards a healthy and productive remainder of the year. Many passages this year, including several beloved colleagues and friends, along with the scores of service women...
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A Dine (Navajo) Perspective on Self-Determination: An Exposition of an Egalitarian Place
On a sunny July morning, in 2000, high in the plateau country of the Ramah Navajo with pinon trees surrounding us, I sat next to an old man, who had just finished checking the rusty barbed wire and aging wooden fence posts of his small corn field....
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Academic Achievement in an Age of Irresponsibility
My children think I am a terrible mother. You see, I rarely "help" them do their homework. I also rarely "help" them do projects for school, such as the Egyptian project my younger son was required to do last year. The day the Egyptian project was...
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Thinking Philosophically
I am a philosopher of education by training. While well warned by my mentors of the hazards inherent to my trade, I still have been stunned by the magnitude of the loneliness engendered, at least in part, by the disrepute that my trade has acquired....
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Talking to Foucault: Examining Marginalization and Exclusion in Academic Science
Although we usually think about writing as a mode of "telling" about the social world, writing is not just a moping-up activity at the end of a research project. Writing is also a way of "knowing"--a method of discovery and analysis. By writing in...
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The Devils in Curriculum Studies: Multitude and Multiplicity
Political action aimed at transformation and liberation today can only be conducted on the basis of the multitude. (Hardt & Negri, 2004, p. 99) The threat to political order is perhaps even more clear: political thought since the time of the...
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Intersecting Systems: Abuse Implications for Teachers
I began teaching in 1984 in a private Catholic high school, following three years of study for diocesan priesthood at St. John's Theologate in Camarillo, California. Since then, I have: taught poor, immigrant English language learners in a Los Angeles...
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After the Crash: Moving from a Discourse of Deficit to a Discourse of Potential
We enter movie theaters or push play on our movie viewing equipment, with an anticipation of fulfillment, pleasure, sadness, laughter, or any combination of expectations that we perceive will be gained from glaring at a screen of colors and depictions...
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Vol. 9, No. 2, Fall-Winter

Editor's Introduction
We close another year and many of us are in awe that we did, indeed, make it through. Some, very obviously, better than others. Playing vignettes of media within our memories, we can recall the images of fear in those that were imprisoned in New Orleans...
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Exceptional Youth Cultures: A Framework for Instructional Strategies of Inclusive Classrooms
In my undergraduate group studies course on Critical School Issues, a student, Jonas, who had been a special education high school student, and is presently a special education assistant or "para" in a large urban high school, approached me and asked...
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Vol. 8, No. 2, Fall-Winter

Voices on the Margins: Collaborative and Individual Approaches to Sustaining an Identity as an Anti-Racist Critical Multicultural Educator
Virginia Lea Sylvia Payne was a woman of substance! She was a woman of Irish descent who became a doctor in 1900, a time when most women could only dream of such a profession. As an adolescent, Sylvia had told her father, a minister in the Protestant...
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Character Education in Contemporary America: McMorals?
Character education, the instruction of core ethical values and cultivation of good conduct in the classroom (McClellan, 1999), is increasingly being incorporated in public school curricula across the country. Over the last few years, schools in 48...
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Editor's Introduction
Another year, more words. I was hoping to write this short introduction in another character ... that of one who speaks of victories. But, alas, four more years of dangerous, albeit, moronic control of the United States. Unfortunately, it looks like...
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In Search of Civility: Higher Education and the Discourse of Disdain
Oceania is the image of a totally regulated society yet has no regulations. --Orwellian Linguistics, 1979 James Gee defines discourse "as a socially accepted association among ways of using language, other symbolic expressions, and artifacts,...
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Silent Screams: Deconstructing (Academia) the Insider/outside Indigenous Researcher Positionalities
listen, a silent scream is coming up from unknown deepest regions a guttural silent scream with no-sounds, no vibrations, no air-waves listen with your heart your soul, your guts no, not with your ears the...
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Blind Optimism: A Cross-Cultural Study of Students' Temporal Constructs and Their Schooling Engagements
This article examines students' perceptions and usage of time, their sense of optimism or lack of it, especially related to schooling. Positionality, or perceptions about life and projections of the future, has great impact on students' success in...
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"I Secretly Relished That Delicious Feeling of Excitement": A Rhizoanalysis of Teacher-Student Attraction
In my pilot study of teacher-student sexual dynamics in five preservice teachers' high school classrooms, one piece of data stood out from among the rest of the interview transcripts, field notes and email correspondence--not as an aberrant outlier;...
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