9780807744901

Writing In The Asylum: Student Poets In City Schools

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    9780807744901

  • ISBN10:

    0807744905

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-07-01
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr
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Summary

Jennifer McCormick opens a fascinating window on the lives of young women, showing how poetry can create a sense of security and self-esteem in the often sterile, violent, and oppressive environment of an urban high school. The students' poetry is at once disturbing and beautiful, hopeful and bleak, and McCormick's depiction of the increasingly institutionalized nature of urban schools is riveting. The author crafts a compelling argument that shows the power of poetry as a response to the depersonalization that students face in many urban high schools, and shows readers how it flourishes both despite and because of the violence and criminalizing institutional routines of many public schools.

Author Biography

Jennifer McCormick teaches in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Michelle Fine
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1(1)
Background
2(4)
Poetry Is Not a Luxury
6(2)
She Gave Me a Poet's Name
8(27)
Memories of a School
8(3)
The Poets
11(7)
Nikki: ``She Taught Me Who I Am''
12(1)
Tanzania: ``I'm All Lines''
13(1)
Nessa: ``What's Wrong with Being Haitian!''
14(2)
Jhoy: ``That's How it Was Back Home''
16(2)
Relationships, Writing, and Rewriting
18(17)
Discard and Permanence in Postindustrial New York
35(22)
Further Down the Block
36(6)
Contextualizing a Throw-Away Society
42(3)
Hypersegregation and Public Disinvestment
45(7)
Images of Permanence
52(5)
Drag Me to the Asylum
57(25)
From Training to Containment
59(1)
``We Need More Security''
60(2)
``The Cult of Efficiency''
62(4)
Subordinating Assessment
66(6)
The Architecture of Schooling
72(4)
The Thing Around/The Thing Within: Images of Armor and Sanctuary
76(6)
Escape Routes
82(23)
Don't Hurt Me Anymore
86(4)
When I Walk Down the Hall: Profiling and Other Performances
90(6)
The Distance Between Violence and Language: Logging and Tagging a Dangerous Persona
96(3)
Beyond Monolithic Labels
99(6)
Conclusion
105(20)
Violence in Schools: ``You Have to Go Deeper to Change a Person''
110(6)
Internalizing a Guiding Voice in School
116(5)
The Purpose of Poetry
121(4)
References 125(8)
Index 133(10)
About the Author 143

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