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ERIC Number: EJ1012278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-1361-3324
Who You Callin' White?! A Critical Counter-Story on Colouring White Identity
Matias, Cheryl E.
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v16 n3 p291-315 2013
This action research, which utilizes critical race theory's counter-storytelling, analyses a process of debunking White students' epistemology of ignorance in a history course at an urban public high school. After piloting a raced curriculum that deliberately re-centers marginalized counter-stories of students of colour, I document its impacts on White students' understanding of history. Ultimately, such a process problematizes White students' sense of identity. I employ the analytic tools of Whiteness as power to understand how White students responded to curriculum on race and racism. The analysis silences White dominant Discourse while activating counter-stories by modelling critical consciousness and "colourscence" for my students of colour. Further, I detail two specific responses made by White students in this study: (1) symbiotic transformation; and (2) active resistance. Regardless of the differences in responses, both are processes in debunking White epistemology of ignorance. (Contains 16 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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