Rocking Your World: The Emotional Journey into Critical Discourses is an introductory text that emerged from the belief that we often learn best through personal narrative and story. This collection of real stories connects critical theory and critical pedagogy with personal transformation. It is an experiential primer in how to navigate a developing appreciation of how silent (and sometimes not so silent) machinations of power align themselves along axes of gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and global position (amongst others) to both conceal and perpetuate injustice and oppression.
In this book, twelve authors share personal reflections of how various critical discourse communities have impacted their lives. They explore a range of professional, family and social barriers to personal growth as teachers, professional researchers and everyday people; they give us glimpses into the impact of positionality, the balance between activism and intellectual rigor, the obstacles to teaching critically, and more.
This book would be an ideal complement to traditional texts and would provide countless opportunities to generate the kind of personal introspection and dialogue that can make studying critical pedagogy and other critical discourses a transformative experience. It is a must read for any teacher or student interested in the power of critical theories to transform how we see the world in which we live.