By Asao B. Inoue
Copy edited by Karen Peirce. Designed by Mike Palmquist.
In Above The Well, Asao Inoue explores race, language and literacy education through a combination of scholarship, personal history, and even a bit of fiction. Inoue comes to terms with his own languaging practices in his upbring and schooling, while also arguing that there are racist aspects to English language standards promoted in schools and civic life. His discussion includes the ways students and everyone in society are judged by and through tacit racialized languaging, which he labels White language supremacy and contributes to racialized violence in the world today. Inoue’s exploration ranges a wide array of topics: his experiences as a child playing Dungeons and Dragons with his twin brother; considerations of Taoist and Western dialectic logics; the economics of race and place; tacit language race wars waged in classrooms with style guides like Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style; and the damaging Horatio Alger narratives for people of color.
A Note About Sales of this Book. This book is being released under a special arrangement with the author. All proceeds generated by the Clearinghouse and all author royalties from sales of this book will be donated to an endowed fund supporting antiracist teaching and social justice in secondary and postsecondary education established by the author and his wife with the Oregon State University Foundation. Visit the endowment update page (https://tinyurl.com/AntiracistTeachingEndowment) on the author’s website (www.asaobinoue.com) to find out more about the Asao and Kelly Inoue Antiracist Teaching Endowment. Within three years after the release of the book, the book will be available in full on this site in open-access formats.
Chapter 0. Language, Politics, and Habits
Chapter 1. Literacy is (Not) Liberation
Chapter 2. The Yin-Yang of Literacy
Chapter 3. Racializing Language and Standards
Chapter 4. Race-Judgements and the Tacit Language War
Chapter 5. The While Language Supremacy in Judgements of Intelligence and Standards
Chapter 6. The Economics of Racism
Chapter 7. A languageling of Color
Chapter 8. Unsustainable Whiteness
Chapter 9. Naming
Chapter 10. Ain’t No Horatio Alger Story
Chapter 11. Another Ending, Or Let Me Say This Another Way
Appendix. An Argument and Method for Deep Attentive Reading
Asao B. Inoue is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. His research focuses on antiracist and social justice theory and practices in writing assessments. He is the 2019 Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and has been a past member of the CCCC Executive Committee and the Executive Board of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Among his many articles and chapters on writing assessment, race, and racism, his article, “Theorizing Failure in U.S. Writing Assessments” in Research in the Teaching of English, won the 2014 CWPA Outstanding Scholarship Award. His co-edited collection, Race and Writing Assessment (2012), won the 2014 NCTE/CCCC Outstanding Book Award for an edited collection. His book, Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing for a Socially Just Future (2015) won the 2017 NCTE/CCCC Outstanding Book Award for a monograph and the 2015 CWPA Outstanding Book Award. He also has published a co-edited collection, Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and The Advancement of Opportunity (2018), and Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom (2019). In 2021, he is publishing a serialized blogbook on his website (www.asaobinoue.com), What It Means To Be An Antiracist Teacher: Cultivating Antiracist Orientations in The Literacy Classroom.
Publication Information: Inoue, Asao B. (2019). Above The Well: An Antiracist Argument From A Boy Of Color. The WAC Clearinghouse; Utah State University Press.
Series Editors: Rich Rice, Texas Tech University; Heather MacNeill Falconer, Curry College; and J. Michael Rifenburg, University of North Georgia
Copyright © 2021 Asao B. Inoue. This book will be available in print from Utah State University Press as well as from any online or brick-and-mortar bookstore. Available in digital format for no charge on this page at the WAC Clearinghouse two years after its first release. All proceeds from sales of this book will be donated to an endowment supporting social justice established by Asao Inoue with the Oregon State University Foundation. Following its release in open-access formats, you may view this book. You may print personal copies of this book. You may link to this page. You may not reproduce this book on another website.