ERIC Number: EJ1074961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
"That Racism Thing": A Critical Race Discourse Analysis of a Conflict over the Proposed Closure of a Black High School
Briscoe, Felecia M.; Khalifa, Muhammad A.
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v18 n6 p739-763 2015
Using critical race discourse analysis, this study examines descriptions of a heated controversy over the proposed closure of the only primarily black high school in a large urban city. Participants included community members and the district and school leaders who were key in the controversy. Based on Foucault's analysis of power we looked for conflicts in the narratives of the participants in their description of the controversy. Four strands of discursive conflict emerged: the purpose of school; the relationship of school and community; communication; and the issue of racism. Taking these four strands together, the themes found in the discourse of the community members enacted an emancipatory knowledge paradigm, while the themes found in the discourse of the administrators enacted a technical-rational, instrumental paradigm of knowledge.
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Critical Theory, Race, Discourse Analysis, Conflict, School Closing, African Americans, High Schools, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Urban Schools, Power Structure, School Community Relationship, Role of Education, Organizational Communication, Community Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Hermeneutics, Public Schools, Economically Disadvantaged, Neoliberalism, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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