ERIC Number: EJ1087474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Against the Dark: Antiblackness in Education Policy and Discourse
Dumas, Michael J.
Theory Into Practice, v55 n1 p11-19 2016
I argue that analyses of racial(ised) discourse and policy processes in education must grapple with cultural disregard for and disgust with blackness. This article explains how a theorization of antiblackness allows one to more precisely identify and respond to racism in education discourse and in the formation and implementation of education policy. I contend that deeply embedded within racialized policy discourses is not merely a concern about disproportionality or inequality, but also a concern with the bodies of Black people, the signification of (their) Blackness, and the threat posed by "the Black" to the educational well-being of other students. Using school (de)segregation as an example, I demonstrate how policy discourse is informed by antiblackness, and consider what an awareness of antiblackness means for educational policy and practice.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Discourse Analysis, Racial Discrimination, Blacks, Black Studies, Social Theories, Educational Practices, Racial Identification, School Desegregation, Cultural Awareness
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