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Brothers Who Could Kill with Words

Brothers Who Could Kill with Words

Language, Literacy, and the Quest for Education in Gang Memoirs

Chapter:
(p.97) Chapter Four Brothers Who Could Kill with Words
Source:
The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs
Author(s):
Josephine Metcalf
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032813.003.0005

This chapter discusses how themes of pedagogy are developed in the street gang memoirs. It explains that lack of education acts as a narrative springboard to highlight unequal social interactions in the U.S. by showing that working-class non-white youths are always sidelined or often receive a substandard education. It also describes how the authors of the street gang memoirs argue that providing complete literacy to youths will help them avoid the horrors of street gang violence.

Keywords:   street gang violence, literacy, substandard education, pedagogy

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