ERIC Number: EJ1076671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
The "Battlefield": Life Histories of Two Higher Education Staff Members of Color
Gomez, Mary Louise; Ocasio, Kelly; Lachuk, Amy Johnson; Powell, Shameka N.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v47 n4 p676-695 Nov 2015
Deploying Russian philosopher M. M. Bakhtin's notions of utterances or communicative interactions, we explore the life histories of two administrators at State University, a predominantly White institution of higher education in the Midwestern United States. In particular, we explore how working with White students, peers, and supervisors demands that staff members of color find means of answering overt and implied criticisms of their daily work. We name and analyze metaphors each participant uses to define ways she negotiates a campus culture that privileges some and interprets others as oppositional when they call into question long held institutional priorities and practices.
Descriptors: Biographies, Higher Education, African American Teachers, Racial Bias, College Administration, Figurative Language, Women Administrators, Organizational Culture, Work Environment, Disadvantaged Environment, Organizational Climate, Resistance (Psychology), Coping
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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