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Wendy Luttrell

Wendy Luttrell

Wendy Luttrell is Professor of Urban Education, Sociology and Critical Social Psychology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research on educational inequality examines the interplay of social structure and subjective experience in school settings, focusing on how a sense of belonging, exclusion, entitlement, constraint, possibility, success and failure take root in young people’s self-evaluations and actions. She is the author of two award-winning books on this topic, School-smart and Mother-wise: Working-Class Women’s Identity and Schooling (1997) and Pregnant Bodies, Fertile Minds: Gender, Race and the Schooling of Pregnant Teens (2003) and is also the editor of Qualitative Educational Research: Readings on Reflexive Methodology and Transformative Practice (2010). Her forthcoming book, Children Framing Childhoods: Working-class Kids’ Visions of Care (Policy Press, 2020) examines the role that gender, race, and immigrant status play in how diverse, young people growing up in urban, working-class communities portray their lives through photographs and video. Following thirty four children over a ten year period, her research explores how the young people used their cameras to counteract stereotypes and deficit views of working-class childhoods; highlight the value of care as a collective, not individual imperative; and frame their learning and growth on their own terms. At a time when distorted and increasingly fractious visions of “marginalized” communities proliferate, the book and its multimodal platform of photographs and videos compels readers/viewers to reconsider their ways of seeing and valuing poor and working-class children of color, their childhoods and implications for educational justice. Throughout her career, Luttrell has directed community-based, university, and teacher inquiry projects dedicated to advancing social justice in and around schools and that promote innovative research and teaching practices, as well as curriculum development initiatives. She also serves as Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education.

http://www.wendyluttrell.org/

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