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Title: Alternative media for public pedagogy: “Chief” concerns and human agency
Author(s): Feria-Galicia, Joseph P.
Director of Research: Darder, Antonia
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Darder, Antonia
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Peters, Michael A.; Reese, Debbie; Leistyna, Pepi
Department / Program: Educational Policy Studies
Discipline: Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): critical media literacy public pedagogy critical pedagogy alternative media radical media critical ethnography mascot Chief Illiniwek American Indian mascots resistance S.T.O.P. Coalition
Abstract: To demonstrate how the growing influence of alternative media in civil society correlates with the rise of social movements and their influence on contemporary manifestations of resistance, this research uses critical ethnographic methodologies to document the narratives of alternative media producers in the pro-Indigenous and anti-“Chief” campaigns at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during the 2006-2007 school year. These narratives demonstrate not only the ways alternative media help transmit dissent by distributing information to diverse populations, but also the manner they facilitate contexts that influence identity formations and strengthen counter-cultural communal practices. Particular lineages of critical social theory are used to situate knowledge construction and social relationships within specific socio-historic contexts to approach issues of subjectivity, human agency, and resistance. These include the Frankfurt School for Social Research, the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, and the Brazilian education philosopher Paulo Freire, who emphasize criticality based on the engagement of ideological analysis, as well as developing capacities to critique and resist oppressive social and political relationships. Thus, this study argues for expanding traditional notions of literacy to include the ability to decode and produce media as a critical element of meaningful democratic participation.
Issue Date: 2010-08-20
Rights Information: Copyright 2010 Joseph Posada-Huerta Feria-Galicia
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-08-20
Date Deposited: 2010-08

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