Linguistic anthropologist Shirley Brice Heath read from and spoke about her new book, Words at work and play:  Three decades in families and communities. Words tells the long-awaited story of what has happened to the families that readers met back in 1983 in Ways with words: Language, life, and work in communities and classrooms (1983/1996). The new work gives a gives a close-up picture of how families from Roadville and Trackton spent their time through the 1980s, 1990s, and through the first decade of the 21st century. Through multi-site ethnographic methods, Heath tracked the patterns of talking, managing new technologies, and altering ways of using time and space of families as they faced the roller-coaster economic changes that followed the double-dip recession of the 1980s.

Center for Multicultural Education Booktalk: Shirley Brice Heath