The Struggle and the Tools: Oral and Literate Strategies in an Inner City Community

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-11-01
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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The Struggle and the Tools explores the daily lives and language use of African-American men, women, and children living in an inner city neighborhood. Based on three-and-a-half years of fieldwork, this book presents the oral, literate, and analytical strategies (the "tools") inner city residents use to gain resources, access to social institutions, and respect (the "struggle"). It honors both the types of agency present in the struggle, and the kinds of linguistic savvy present in the tools. It examines the deep games of power they play with their language and social consciousness and characterizes their daily experiences without glorification.

Author Biography

Ellen Cushman is a Senior Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Notational Devicesp. xxv
The Struggle and the Toolsp. 1
Activist Methodologyp. 21
African Americans and Quayvillep. 39
The Language of Evictionp. 67
Institutional Language in an Inner Cityp. 97
"Racism Always on the Front of My Mind"p. 121
"An Everyday Fight for Us to Get Simple Respect"p. 141
The Transfer of Language in Gatekeeping Interactionsp. 169
Evaluating the Toolsp. 189
"Your Honor, I Just Can't Control Him Anymore"p. 205
Language and Power in the Everydayp. 223
Notesp. 241
Works Citedp. 249
Indexp. 257
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