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The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs$
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Josephine Metcalf

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032813

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032813.001.0001

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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

(p.97) Chapter Four Brothers Who Could Kill with Words
The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs

Josephine Metcalf

University Press of Mississippi

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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