Digital Youth and Educational Justice

Authored by: Vasudevan Lalitha , Rodriguez Kerr Kristine , Salazar Gallardo Cristina

Handbook of Writing, Literacies, and Education in Digital Cultures

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138206304
eBook ISBN: 9781315465258
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In this chapter, we focus on the practices of adolescents who participate in American educational contexts, although the young people whose voices and experiences we draw on also share a wider, more global set of affiliations beyond their immediate geographical locations. As such, their insights and experiences with writing inside and outside of institutions have a reach beyond our national stage alone. For many of these young people, writing is a matter of justice. That is, access to writing, to authoring oneself, to seeking and finding audiences for one’s stories is a pursuit of everyday justice, one that is not always realized. Even as adolescents across schools and other institutions of education are engaged in hundreds of interactions daily that contain numerous communication practices, they continue to experience miscommunications with various interlocutors—teachers, counselors, social workers, and the general public—that can negatively impact their lives.

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