Shirley R. Steinberg
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|Shirley R. Steinberg|
|Fields||Education, media studies, cultural studies, popular culture, critical pedagogy|
|Institutions||University of Calgary|
|Alma mater||Pennsylvania State University|
|Known for||Theory of critical multiculturalism, the notion of kinderculture, and the notion of Christotainment|
|Influences||Antonio Gramsci, Paulo Freire, John Fiske, Aaron D. Gresson, Dorothy Heathcote|
Shirley R. Steinberg (born 1952) is an American author and professor. She was the Director and Chair of The Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership in Education, and Professor of Youth Studies at the University of Calgary. She is the author and editor of many books in critical pedagogy, urban and youth culture, and cultural studies.
She was originally a social/improvisational theatre creator. She is also the founding editor of Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, The International Journal of Youth Studies, and the Managing Editor of The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy. The co-founder of The Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy, she is the organizer of The Critical Pedagogical Congress, she is committed to a global community of transformative educators and community workers engaged in radical love, social justice, and the situating of power within social and cultural contexts.
Critical Multiculturalism is an idea that draws upon the evolving theoretical position emerging in the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory in the 1920s, The framework for Critical Multiculturalism was laid out in Steinberg's 2001 book, Multi/Intercultural Conversations: A Reader, but originally discussed in Kincheloe's and Steinberg's book, Changing Multiculturalism and further refined in her book, Diversity: A Reader, (2009). In Dr. Stephen Bigger's 1998 review of Changing Multiculturalism, he writes, "Multiculturalism, a problematic term, is clarified into a position called ‘critical multiculturalism’, described with approval inasfar as it explores “the way power shapes consciousness” (p. 25) and has an “emancipatory commitment to social justice and the egalitarian democracy that accompanies it” (p. 26) in contrast to “a moral emptiness to pedagogies that attempt to understand the world without concurrently attempting to change it”. Teachers need to have experienced transformation if they are to teach transformatively. The pedagogy comes out of the concern with the intersection of power, identity and knowledge (p. 29).
Steinberg's courses revolve around the critical pedagogical approach to media, as defined in a recent book co-edited with Donaldo Macedo: Media Literacy: A Reader (New York: Peter Lang, 2007). The book claims that it provides a critical understanding of media culture designed to develop the ability to interpret media as well as understand how it emotionally affects individuals. The book is based on the notion that while many strongly believe that humans exercise agency, that there are social, cultural, and political forces that affect agency. According to Steinberg, one's conception of media literacy analyzes the ways everyday decisions are encoded and inscribed by emotional and bodily commitments relating to the production of desire and mood.
Steinberg is also known for her notion of kinderculture, first introduced with Joe L. Kincheloe in Kinderculture: The Corporate Construction of Childhood (Boulder, Co: Westview Press, 1997). The book included her chapter, "The Bitch Who has Everything," an examination into the cultural studies of Barbie. The book was published in a second edition in 2004. Steinberg (and Kincheloe) outline the premise of the concept of kinderculture as using pleasure as its ultimate weapon, the corporate children's consumer culture, which we label 'kinderculture,' commodifies cultural objects and turns them into things to purchase rather than objects to contemplate (11). The third edition of the book is edited solely by Steinberg.
Urban Youth Culture
For the past decade, Steinberg has written about urban youth, and the distinct classification created when considering young men and women in North American city centers. Her work with hip hop resulted in an instructional DVD with Priya Parmar from Brooklyn College. She also edited "Teen Life in Europe," a candid look at the unique features of teens in different countries. As senior editor of "Contemporary Youth Culture," Steinberg and authors discuss new youth culture in regard to topics which youth, themselves, deem important. This book won a Library Choice award.
Steinberg's book, Christotainment: Selling Jesus through Popular Culture, co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2009), explores her idea of Christotainment by examining the ways in which principles, beliefs, and religious practices supported or constructed by Christian fundamentalist groups are promoted or bought and sold through the use of popular or mainstream media productions.
Steinberg was the co-author of the theory of Post-Formalism with Joe L. Kincheloe. This theory argues that while twentieth century educational psychology has made important advances, a time for reassessment has arrived. Steinberg contends that recent years have seen the rise of neo-Vygotskian analysis and situated cognition within the discipline of cognitive psychology. Steinberg and Kincheloe expand upon these theories to develop the specific connections between the social and the psychological dimensions of learning theory and Educational Psychology. Postformal thinking, according to Steinberg and Kincheloe write, concerns questions of meaning and purpose, multiple perspectives, human dignity, freedom, and social responsibility. Curriculum and instruction based on postformalism involves detecting problems, uncovering hidden assumptions, seeing relationships, deconstructing, connecting logic and emotion, and attending to context.
- "Kinderculture: The Corporate Construction of Childhood" - Boulder, Co: Westview Press, 2011 (edited).
- "Boyhood Culture: An Encyclopedia" - ABC Clio, 2010 (Co-edited with Michael Kehler and Lindsay Cornish)
- "19 Urban Questions: Teaching in the City" - NY: Peter Lang, 2010.
- Christotainment: Selling Jesus Through Popular Culture – Boulder, Co: Westview Press, 2009 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe)
- Cutting Class: Socioeconomic Class and Education – Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe)
- Media Literacy: A Reader – New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2007 (Co-edited with Donaldo Macedo)
- Teen Life in Europe – Greenwich, CT: Praeger Press, 2005
- Encyclopedia of Contemporary Youth Culture – Greenwich, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005 (Co-edited with Priya Parmar and Birgit Richard)
- Things You Don’t Know About Schools – New York: Palgrave Press, 2005 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe)
- 19 Urban Questions: Teaching in the City – New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2004 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe)
- Kinderculture: The Corporate Construction of Childhood, 2nd Ed. – Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2004 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe)
- The Miseducation of the West: How Schools and the Media Distort Our Understanding of the Islamic World – Westport, CT: Praeger Press, 2004 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe)
- Multi/Intercultural Conversations: A Reader – New York: New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2001
- Thinking Queer: Sexuality, Culture and Education – New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2000 (Co-edited with Susan Talburt) *NOTE: Translated into Spanish
- The Stigma of Genius: Einstein, Education, and Consciousness – New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2000 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe)
- Contextualizing Teaching – New York: Longman Publishing, 1999 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe).
- The Post-Formal Reader – New York: Garland Press, 1999 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe and Patricia Hinchey)
- White Reign: Deploying Whiteness in America – New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe, Nelson Rodriguez, Ronald Chennault)
- Students as Researchers: Creating Classrooms that Matter – London: Falmer Press, 1998 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe) *NOTE: Translated into Chinese 2001
- Unauthorized Methods: Strategies for Critical Teaching – New York: Routledge, 1998 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe)
- Changing Multiculturalism: New Times, New Curriculum – London: Open University Press, 1997 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe) *NOTE: Translated into Spanish
- Kinderculture: The Corporate Construction of Childhood – Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe) *NOTE: Translated into Portuguese and Spanish
- Measured Lies: The Bell Curve Examined – New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe and Aaron D. Gresson III)
- Thirteen Questions: Reframing Education’s Conversation: 2nd Edition – New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1996 (Co-edited with Joe L. Kincheloe)
- Diversity and Multiculturalism: A Reader (2009)
- Steinberg, S. R. (Ed.). (2001). Multi/Intercultural Conversations. New York: Peter Lang.
- Steinberg, S. R. and Kincheloe, J. L. (2001). Setting the context for Critical Multi/Interculturalism: The power blogs of class elitism, white supremacy, and patriarchy. In S. R. Steinberg (Ed.) Multi/Intercultural Conversations: A Reader. New York: Peter Lang.
- See http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/242/1/Kincheloe&Steinberg.pdf
- See http://eric.ed.gov:80/ERICWebPortal/custom/portlets/recordDetails/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=EJ466427&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=EJ466427
Appelbaum, B. (1999). Review of Joe Kincheloe, Shirley Steinberg, Nelson Rodriguez, and Ronald Chennault’s White Reign: Deploying Whiteness in America. Educational Review: A Journal of Book Reviews.
Aumeerally, N. (2006). Review of Joe L. Kincheloe and Shirley R. Steinberg's The Miseducation of the West: How Schools and the Media Distort Our Understanding of the Islamic World. Comparative Education Review, 50, 3.
Bigger, S. (1998). Review of Joe L. Kincheloe and Shirley R. Steinberg's Changing Multiculturalism. Westminster Studies in Education. 
Blake, N. (2004). Review of Joe L. Kincheloe and Shirley R. Steinberg's Students as Researchers: Creating Classrooms that Matter. Teaching Theology & Religion, 4, 1, 55-62.
Broadfoot, P. (1998). Review of Joe L. Kincheloe, Shirley R. Steinberg, and Aaron D. Gresson III's Measured Lies: The Bell Curve Examined Comparative Education Review, 42, 3, 372-374
King, D. (2006). A Cultural Studies Approach to Teaching the Sociology of Childhood. Sociation Today. 4, 1.
Kowch, E. (2012). In conversation with Shirley Steinberg. (unpublished)
Knobel, M. (2004). Review of Shirley Steinberg and Joe Kincheloe's 19 Urban Questions: Teaching in the City. Educational Review: A Journal of Book Reviews. 
Leech, N. (2007). Research and the "Inner Circle": The Need to Set Aside Counterproductive Language. Educational Researcher, 36, 4, 199-203.
Oakes, E. (2006). Review of Shirley R. Steinberg & Joe L. Kincheloe's Kinderculture: The Corporate Construction of Childhood. 2nd Edition. College Literature, 33, 3, 212-216.