Bootstraps: From an American Academic of Color

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Bootstraps: From an American Academic of Color ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ Bootstraps: From an American Academic of Color Author Victor Villanueva – Polishdarling.co.uk Bootstraps is an unusual book at one level it is autobiographical, detailing the life of an American of Puerto Rican extraction from his childhood in New York City to an academic post at a university an American PDF ✓ Bootstraps is an unusual book at one level it is autobiographical, detailing the life of an American of Puerto Rican extraction from his childhood in New York City to an academic post at a university At another level, Bootstraps: From eBook ´ Villanueva ponders his experiences in light of the history of rhetoric, the English Only movement, current socio and psycholinguistic theory, and the writings of Gramsci and Freire, among othersWinner of the David H Russell Award for Distinguished Research in From an American PDF Ç the Teaching of English.


10 thoughts on “Bootstraps: From an American Academic of Color

  1. Michael Michael says:

    In his literacy memoir Boostraps 1993 , Victor VIllanueva explores literacy, racism, and hegemony in the contemporary United States He advocates teaching critical literacy, drawing on the work on Antonio Gramsci in order to understand that ways in which ideologies are supported and perpetuated Part of this is teaching canonical work in such a way as to expose what he called the folkloristic, the commonly accepted ways of the world, the things too often accepted as if they are a part of natur In his literacy memoir Boostraps 1993 , Victor VIllanueva explores literacy, racism, and hegemony in the contemporary United States He advocates teaching critical literacy, drawing on the work on Antonio Gramsci in order to understand that ways in which ideologies are supported and perpetuated Part of this is teaching canonical work in such a way as to expose what he called the folkloristic, the commonly accepted ways of the world, the things too often accepted as if they are a part of nature in short, the ideological 95 Villaneuva critiques liberalism, the dominant ideology of American that believes in individual progress and pulling oneself up by the bootstraps 120 121 , He incorporates Gramsci s notion of hegemony, or ideological domination earned through consent 123 , understanding contestations over hegemony as rhetorical 128 An intellectual a permanent persuader qtd in 128 can either be organic someone who represents their group of origins or traditional someone who serves the dominant hegemony, but could also be a new intellectual the ideal, a fusion of organic and traditional, actively engaged in the rhetorical enterprise of counter hegemony 132 In a way, Gramsci is a combination of Hirsch s cultural literacy and Freire s critical literacy a Gramscian perspective teaches cultural literacy, but puts that into historical and social contexts in order to expose dominant ideologies 136


  2. Matt Sautman Matt Sautman says:

    Villanueva s Bootstraps is part memoir, part theory, focusing on the intersections of critical race theory, linguistics, composition, and a Gramscian understanding of hegemony While the chapter progressions may strike some readers as odd at times Villanueva writes in both first and third person, and he transitions from memoir into long discussions about theory with minimal transition, the quality of thoughts here are amazing I wish that I read it as part of my Teaching of Writing program when Villanueva s Bootstraps is part memoir, part theory, focusing on the intersections of critical race theory, linguistics, composition, and a Gramscian understanding of hegemony While the chapter progressions may strike some readers as odd at times Villanueva writes in both first and third person, and he transitions from memoir into long discussions about theory with minimal transition, the quality of thoughts here are amazing I wish that I read it as part of my Teaching of Writing program when I was working on my Master s in English


  3. Joe Santoli Joe Santoli says:

    Read for class Absolutely awful No organization It is supposed to be a postmodern text, so it s supposed to be chaotic and out of order Not interesting, not fun to read.


  4. Adam Sprague Adam Sprague says:

    Victor Villanueva references a student that argues that even after learning a language there is still the problem of thinking like white folks 24 I think this quote is especially powerful in the English classroomso than any other discipline This is a culture based argument People of different cultures come from different sign systems and therefore have entirely different backgrounds that provide the setting for forming thoughts when critically responding to any media While one can Victor Villanueva references a student that argues that even after learning a language there is still the problem of thinking like white folks 24 I think this quote is especially powerful in the English classroomso than any other discipline This is a culture based argument People of different cultures come from different sign systems and therefore have entirely different backgrounds that provide the setting for forming thoughts when critically responding to any media While one can master the grammar of the English language, it really is quite different than experiencing a culture from within And again we are left with the issue of losing one s voice if true English mastery is pursued Then how is one supposed to truly learn how to write when they are entering a new culture Villanueva, when referring to his adventures in the academic world, states that what he would do is go to the library see what the course s professor had published try to discern a pattern to her writing try to mimic the pattern 71 One wonders how much of this goes on even with people of the white, middle class New freshman do not have a clue, for the most part, what constitutes good academic writing, and the only way they can find out is my mirroring their friends work, searching online for sample essays, etc., which is not unlike Villanueva s strategy So my question is do the same problems which minorities face, in regards to learning the language of a new culture, apply to white, middle class new freshman face in the new culture of academia My opinion is that they do, but where do we draw the lines of similarities and differences


  5. Mary Mary says:

    I liked this mixed genre book quitethan I expected If you think about it, we encounter theory in context of our lives Ah, that s right, I read that in my sopho philosophy class when I was living with a schizophrenic roommate , so why not talk about our lives and theory as they influence each other I m not sure I share Villanueva s vitriol toward Hirshe or heavy, depressing worldview, generally , but I really respect him as a rhetorician, and a lot of what he expresses about b I liked this mixed genre book quitethan I expected If you think about it, we encounter theory in context of our lives Ah, that s right, I read that in my sopho philosophy class when I was living with a schizophrenic roommate , so why not talk about our lives and theory as they influence each other I m not sure I share Villanueva s vitriol toward Hirshe or heavy, depressing worldview, generally , but I really respect him as a rhetorician, and a lot of what he expresses about being a minority in the academy struck me as open and sincere It strikes a chord with a very dissatisfying lecture I heard When Sharon Crowley one of his mentors keynoted at RSA about racism that other people have, everyone applauded They asked questions about how to combat racism in their students, their state governments, even their administrators, but when I looked around the audience, I could only count three or four rhetoricians of color in my view How is this only someone else s problem Why do we think we re so far evolved from it I m sorry Crowley missed the opportunity to call us out and further support Villanueva and those like him instead of making us feel evenself satisfied


  6. C C says:

    This book made me think about myself in a different light, realizing that I am a 3rd generation immigrant minority who, because I am white, have completely assimilated into the majority I also loved the idea of using folklore to teach critical thinking and rhetoric.


  7. Graham Oliver Graham Oliver says:

    Surprisingly well done mix of auto narrative and crit theory Other than the Gramsci love fest at the end and the section on his PhD research went on a little long it flows well and is very well crafted.


  8. Bruce Martin Bruce Martin says:

    Best discussion I ve read yet on the hegemony of the culture classroom spectrum.


  9. Ron Christiansen Ron Christiansen says:

    About as ruckus of a book as you can get with education and writing and diversity We had the author come to our campus, meet with us, give a speech A very small but fierce witty guy.


  10. Christie Lamon-Burney Christie Lamon-Burney says:

    Changed everything.


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10 thoughts on “Bootstraps: From an American Academic of Color

  1. Michael Michael says:

    In his literacy memoir Boostraps 1993 , Victor VIllanueva explores literacy, racism, and hegemony in the contemporary United States He advocates teaching critical literacy, drawing on the work on Antonio Gramsci in order to understand that ways in which ideologies are supported and perpetuated Part of this is teaching canonical work in such a way as to expose what he called the folkloristic, the commonly accepted ways of the world, the things too often accepted as if they are a part of natur In his literacy memoir Boostraps 1993 , Victor VIllanueva explores literacy, racism, and hegemony in the contemporary United States He advocates teaching critical literacy, drawing on the work on Antonio Gramsci in order to understand that ways in which ideologies are supported and perpetuated Part of this is teaching canonical work in such a way as to expose what he called the folkloristic, the commonly accepted ways of the world, the things too often accepted as if they are a part of nature in short, the ideological 95 Villaneuva critiques liberalism, the dominant ideology of American that believes in individual progress and pulling oneself up by the bootstraps 120 121 , He incorporates Gramsci s notion of hegemony, or ideological domination earned through consent 123 , understanding contestations over hegemony as rhetorical 128 An intellectual a permanent persuader qtd in 128 can either be organic someone who represents their group of origins or traditional someone who serves the dominant hegemony, but could also be a new intellectual the ideal, a fusion of organic and traditional, actively engaged in the rhetorical enterprise of counter hegemony 132 In a way, Gramsci is a combination of Hirsch s cultural literacy and Freire s critical literacy a Gramscian perspective teaches cultural literacy, but puts that into historical and social contexts in order to expose dominant ideologies 136


  2. Matt Sautman Matt Sautman says:

    Villanueva s Bootstraps is part memoir, part theory, focusing on the intersections of critical race theory, linguistics, composition, and a Gramscian understanding of hegemony While the chapter progressions may strike some readers as odd at times Villanueva writes in both first and third person, and he transitions from memoir into long discussions about theory with minimal transition, the quality of thoughts here are amazing I wish that I read it as part of my Teaching of Writing program when Villanueva s Bootstraps is part memoir, part theory, focusing on the intersections of critical race theory, linguistics, composition, and a Gramscian understanding of hegemony While the chapter progressions may strike some readers as odd at times Villanueva writes in both first and third person, and he transitions from memoir into long discussions about theory with minimal transition, the quality of thoughts here are amazing I wish that I read it as part of my Teaching of Writing program when I was working on my Master s in English


  3. Joe Santoli Joe Santoli says:

    Read for class Absolutely awful No organization It is supposed to be a postmodern text, so it s supposed to be chaotic and out of order Not interesting, not fun to read.


  4. Adam Sprague Adam Sprague says:

    Victor Villanueva references a student that argues that even after learning a language there is still the problem of thinking like white folks 24 I think this quote is especially powerful in the English classroomso than any other discipline This is a culture based argument People of different cultures come from different sign systems and therefore have entirely different backgrounds that provide the setting for forming thoughts when critically responding to any media While one can Victor Villanueva references a student that argues that even after learning a language there is still the problem of thinking like white folks 24 I think this quote is especially powerful in the English classroomso than any other discipline This is a culture based argument People of different cultures come from different sign systems and therefore have entirely different backgrounds that provide the setting for forming thoughts when critically responding to any media While one can master the grammar of the English language, it really is quite different than experiencing a culture from within And again we are left with the issue of losing one s voice if true English mastery is pursued Then how is one supposed to truly learn how to write when they are entering a new culture Villanueva, when referring to his adventures in the academic world, states that what he would do is go to the library see what the course s professor had published try to discern a pattern to her writing try to mimic the pattern 71 One wonders how much of this goes on even with people of the white, middle class New freshman do not have a clue, for the most part, what constitutes good academic writing, and the only way they can find out is my mirroring their friends work, searching online for sample essays, etc., which is not unlike Villanueva s strategy So my question is do the same problems which minorities face, in regards to learning the language of a new culture, apply to white, middle class new freshman face in the new culture of academia My opinion is that they do, but where do we draw the lines of similarities and differences


  5. Mary Mary says:

    I liked this mixed genre book quitethan I expected If you think about it, we encounter theory in context of our lives Ah, that s right, I read that in my sopho philosophy class when I was living with a schizophrenic roommate , so why not talk about our lives and theory as they influence each other I m not sure I share Villanueva s vitriol toward Hirshe or heavy, depressing worldview, generally , but I really respect him as a rhetorician, and a lot of what he expresses about b I liked this mixed genre book quitethan I expected If you think about it, we encounter theory in context of our lives Ah, that s right, I read that in my sopho philosophy class when I was living with a schizophrenic roommate , so why not talk about our lives and theory as they influence each other I m not sure I share Villanueva s vitriol toward Hirshe or heavy, depressing worldview, generally , but I really respect him as a rhetorician, and a lot of what he expresses about being a minority in the academy struck me as open and sincere It strikes a chord with a very dissatisfying lecture I heard When Sharon Crowley one of his mentors keynoted at RSA about racism that other people have, everyone applauded They asked questions about how to combat racism in their students, their state governments, even their administrators, but when I looked around the audience, I could only count three or four rhetoricians of color in my view How is this only someone else s problem Why do we think we re so far evolved from it I m sorry Crowley missed the opportunity to call us out and further support Villanueva and those like him instead of making us feel evenself satisfied


  6. C C says:

    This book made me think about myself in a different light, realizing that I am a 3rd generation immigrant minority who, because I am white, have completely assimilated into the majority I also loved the idea of using folklore to teach critical thinking and rhetoric.


  7. Graham Oliver Graham Oliver says:

    Surprisingly well done mix of auto narrative and crit theory Other than the Gramsci love fest at the end and the section on his PhD research went on a little long it flows well and is very well crafted.


  8. Bruce Martin Bruce Martin says:

    Best discussion I ve read yet on the hegemony of the culture classroom spectrum.


  9. Ron Christiansen Ron Christiansen says:

    About as ruckus of a book as you can get with education and writing and diversity We had the author come to our campus, meet with us, give a speech A very small but fierce witty guy.


  10. Christie Lamon-Burney Christie Lamon-Burney says:

    Changed everything.


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