From Alternative School to Incarceration

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These collective stories are about a group of African American boys who have been mandated to an alternative school for students unwilling or unable to conform to the norms of traditional public school. The author begins the story with his experience as an alternative school teacher; it evolves into a dialogue with students that draws upon vernacular, folk, and popular cultural forms used by these boys. The text speaks to and represents the needs of this group of boys specifically; however, it also speaks to a larger community of students placed in this kind of alternative school environment. This representation of text resists traditional epistemologies and discourses that claim to be the only legitimate way to view the world. The stories chronicle the injustices these boys have faced and their struggle to find places of dignity and respect and illuminate epiphanal moments both in the lives of the boys and the author.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-170
Number of pages13
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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