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[Xmca-l] Re: All Stars and Beyond

Well, the conversation is clearly going on! Carrie will join as soon as she has the chance, I trust. Meanwhile, her article is going open access online from now and for the next two months, but I share the PDF here again in case newcomers don't find it in this thread.

Mike, I am not sure now how the present case compares (will give it a thought too), but I was thinking that your comment, 'the sorts of activities that dominate xmca empirical work', sounds really hopeful to me. For these are activities of social change, and I would really be happy and proud if it is not only that we do go and try to investigate such settings, but that the spread of CHAT-related frameworks and worldviews may also be contributing to those settings becoming more and more common. Still, far from the mainstream, I am afraid...

From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu <xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu> on behalf of mike cole <mcole@ucsd.edu>
Sent: 26 September 2017 20:16
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [Xmca-l]  All Stars and Beyond

I am not certain when the conversation of Carrie's description of the All
Starts program is to begin.
But David noted the article coming up in a recent message, so maybe we
could start?

I guess my first impression is that the scope of the effort is staggering.
Apropos of the discussion of social movements in relation to the sorts of
activities that dominate xmca empirical work, and Yrjo's ISCAR
address, what is being described here is an institution that raised 10
million dollars in 2015 and involves
a lot of teenagers/young adults.

The "teaching kids to code switch" from black<-->white as a framing seemed
like a way to address Delpit-style
critiques of the schooling of kids of color. Linking this to an imagined
future of fluid identities seems like an optimistic way to think about the
processes set in motion. Linking it to Vygotsky's point about the need to
think about how newness comes into the world.

I wonder how the strategies used in this work do/do not line up with the
cases that Yrjo talked about.