ERIC Number: EJ1023027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
"Waiting for Superman" to Save Black People: Racial Representation and the Official Antiracism of Neoliberal School Reform
Dumas, Michael J.
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v34 n4 p531-547 2013
The author argues that the documentary, "Waiting for Superman," effectively employs bodies and texts in ways that reproduce hegemonic constructions of race, and more specifically, offers an image and imagination of black engagement in education that reinforces neoliberal-multicultural narratives about black disinterest in, and responsibility for their own lack of educational attainment. Black subjects are understood as sympathetic primarily because, and only to the extent that they accept individual "responsibility" and move toward neoliberal school "choices" as a corrective for their own past cultural and educational shortcomings. The author also uses his analysis to encourage a (re-)commitment to critical cultural analysis of racial signification in educational policy discourse.
Descriptors: Documentaries, Educational Policy, Discourse Analysis, Cultural Pluralism, Neoliberalism, School Choice, Learner Engagement, Educational Attainment, African American Achievement, African American Students, Racial Bias, Public Policy, Racial Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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