ERIC Number: ED413398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Schooling and the Silenced "Others": Race and Class in Schools. Special Studies in Teaching and Teacher Education, Number Seven.
Weis, Lois; Fine, Michelle; Lareau, Annette
In education, it is necessary to look at students who are marginalized, and excluded, who is centered or privileged, and how, through academic discourse, silences are created, sustained, and legitimized. The three papers in this collection explore the politics of silencing and voice in education. "It's More Covert Today': The Importance of Race in Shaping Parents' Views of the School" by Annette Lareau focuses on the ways in which certain types of parental culture and discourse are privileged in schools, leading to the construction of an "ideal type" of parental involvement. Parents who do not fit this construction are outside the bounds of what is acceptable for a parent, and their ideas, no matter how salient, are rebuffed. Lois Weis, in "White Male Working Class Youth: An Exploration of Relative Privilege and Loss," focuses on the ways in which white male working class identity is taking shape under the restructured economy of the 1980s and 1990s. In particular, ways in which young men are reaffirming the discourses of white male power and privilege in spite of an economy that increasingly denies them this privilege are examined. Michelle Fine, in "The 'Public' in Public Schools: The Social Construction/Constriction of Moral Communities," examines a third set of issues related to silencing, the ways in which public schools, supposed to be universally accessible moral communities, engage in patterns of systematic exclusion and yet justify these patterns as being for the common good. (SLD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo. Graduate School of Education.