|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 179.) and index.
|aIntroduction : Literacy and the pedagogy of political empowerment / Henry A. Giroux -- The importance of the act of reading -- Rethinking literacy : a dialogue -- The people speak their word : literacy in action -- Literacy in Guinea-Bissau revisited -- The illiteracy of literacy in the United States -- Literacy and critical pedagogy -- Appendix : Letter to Mario Cabral.
"At a time when popularizers of cultural literacy are prescribing a cultural canon for the purpose of prying open the `closed minds' of American youth . . . Literacy provides an articulate and courageous response." Harvard Educational Review "Every chapter . . . asks teachers to thing again about how they teach, what they want for their pupils, and how to get on with it." Times Educational Supplement "[This] book directs our attention to literacy in its broadest sense so that we can better evaluate the shortcomings of our work as educators at all levels of learning." Contemporary Sociology