Start your review of Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing Write a review Shelves: non-fiction Quite simply this book is a collection of essays or excerpts tackling a variety of issues surrounding the "mythology" of America. The offerings are grouped according to a theme: family specifically the myth of the s nuclear family , education as a means to "success" , upward mobility, gender, the melting pot, and America as a "Land of Liberty. A small collection of photographs are also included in each section. I found this book in a free pile at used textbook store in Southern California, and honestly most people who have gone to college and maybe taken at least one social science class will probably be familiar with most of these topics. I think many people of my generation already know that gender is fluid, racism is still an issue, and the nuclear family is almost an anomaly. However, I still found this book to be a very interesting and sometimes refreshing read.
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Extensive apparatus offers students a proven framework for revisiting, revising, or defending those assumptions as students probe the myths underlying them. Rereading America has stayed at the forefront of American culture, contending with cultural myths as they persist, morph, and develop anew. The eleventh edition features a refreshed collection of readings with an updated chapter that introduces students to one of the most pervasive myths of our time: technological innovation fosters an improved society.
Features Critically examines 6 dominant myths of U. By focusing on myths that students themselves often accept uncritically, Rereading America challenges them to recognize their own assumptions and to defend or revise their views. The myths include: 1 the nuclear family is the only solid basis for society; 2 education empowers all citizens; 3 technology aids social and economic progress; 4 success is solely the product of hard work; 5 gender roles are biologically rather than culturally determined; and 6 America is a melting pot, where people from different cultures blend together to form a homogeneous whole.
Spurs critical thinking through culturally and politically diverse readings. In the chapter introductions, the authors explain and examine the foundations of each cultural myth. Other readings feature differing views from groups pushed to the margins of American society, such as people of color, women, and gays and lesbians, including these: Gary Soto, in "Looking for Work," tells the story of a Mexican-American boy who wants his family to imitate the white families he sees on TV.
Diana Kendall, in "Framing Class, Vicarious Living, and Conspicuous Consumption," shows how the mass media propagates middle class norms while denigrating working class values, fueling a consumer culture that drives economic inequality. These alternative perspectives complicate the myths and prompt students to re-examine their own thinking and values.
Models different kinds of writing from a variety of disciplines and genres. Representing a wide array of forms and genres, selections range from the personal memoirs, oral histories to the popular journalistic accounts, poems, short stories, cartoons, paintings, and photographs to the academic writings from the disciplines of sociology, history, education, political science, and psychology.
Many selections are documented. Supports critical thinking and writing through extensive editorial apparatus. The pedagogical apparatus provides instruction in thinking and writing critically as it offers multiple opportunities to do so after every selection. As these groups face increasing injustices, they engage in stronger resistance movements—the calls for change and social justice grow louder and clearer.
Exciting new images help students visualize and challenge the myths. Infographics, screenshots, photographs, and other new images provide unique visual reflections of the dominant myths—as well as visible examples of how they can be confronted.
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