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Learning Difference

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Klappentext An examination of the role that race plays in the lives of students at a multiracial U.S. high school. Zusammenfassung... Lire la suite
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Klappentext An examination of the role that race plays in the lives of students at a multiracial U.S. high school. Zusammenfassung This ethnographic study of an urban high school in one of the most diverse cities in the United States examines the role that race plays in the lives of students. At a school publicly celebrated for its integration, academic excellence, and racial harmony, the reality is a different story: that of continuing internal segregation and racial conflicts.Examining the role of race in neighborhood relations, desegregation programs, and school violence, the author uncovers competing racial orders. A gifted magnet program reinforces the notion that being white means being gifted. Conflicts in the schoolyard show a racial bipolarization where Cambodian Americans identify as blacks and Latinos as whites. Applying racial formation theory to ethnographic research, this study reveals how a school racializes its students. But students are not just passive victims of such structural forces. They also creatively shape the way in which race is organized, imagined, and experienced.

"A savvy ethnographer, Staiger reveals the social contours of an urban high school with no racial majority. Here black, white, Latino, and Asian adolescents aggressively use race and gender as tools to define identities and groups across multiple school spaces. Viewed by outsiders as harmonious, this school seethes with strong divisions and alliances among racial groups jockeying for position in a familiar white-to-black hierarchy. Concealed behind color-blind talk, societys racial stratification system replicates itself in an internal segregation of gifted and at risk students. If schools are testing grounds for social justice and equality, this one is more failure than success."

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Annegret Daniela Staiger is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Clarkson University.

Résumé
This ethnographic study of an urban high school in one of the most diverse cities in the United States examines the role that race plays in the lives of students. At a school publicly celebrated for its integration, academic excellence, and racial harmony, the reality is a different story: that of continuing internal segregation and racial conflicts. Examining the role of race in neighborhood relations, desegregation programs, and school violence, the author uncovers competing racial orders. A gifted magnet program reinforces the notion that being white means being gifted. Conflicts in the schoolyard show a racial bipolarization where Cambodian Americans identify as blacks and Latinos as whites. Applying racial formation theory to ethnographic research, this study reveals how a school racializes its students. But students are not just passive victims of such structural forces. They also creatively shape the way in which race is organized, imagined, and experienced.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Learning Difference
Sous-titre: Race and Schooling in the Multiracial Metropolis
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Code EAN: 9780804753166
ISBN: 978-0-8047-5316-6
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Ingram Publishers Services
Genre: Pédagogie
nombre de pages: 240
Poids: 327g
Taille: H229mm x B163mm x T13mm
Année: 2006

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