Reading Wide Awake: Politics, Pedagogies, and Possibilities
In his new book, popular author Patrick Shannon examines reading as agencywhy reading critically is essential to civic engagement and a healthy democracy. We follow the author on a journey of self discovery as he practices ''wide-awake reading'' with a variety of everyday texts, from radio programs to legal documents to more traditional books and magazines. Shannon demonst...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published February 13th 2012 by Teachers College Press
(first published August 12th 2011)
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I read the book in two sittings (two flights, actually--going, and a week later, returning). The tone of the book is conversational, but it helps to have a healthy vocabulary and a willingness to Google when a reference gets by you. Even if you don't agree with all of Dr. Shannon's conclusions, it's a deeply satisfying read as his every-day examples are examined again and again to illustrate the theoretical notions of social competence, sociological imagination, and the main dangers that drive y...more
Interesting read. All about reading w/ "sociological imagination" and "reading toward democracy." He makes a good point about a lot of Americans (and other nationalities?) not taking advantage of our democracy by fulling thinking critically about all the info out there constantly bombarding us. The author very heavily leans to the left so if you're an easily-offended Republican, don't read this!
We used Shannon's book as the focus for a graduate level book study. While the reading is challenging with an interesting mix of personal narrative and theoretical groundings, Shannon moves you toward expanding your visions of texts and your view of reading. He argues for a more critical reading of texts toward a sense of agency with social imagination.