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ERIC Number: EJ1120633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
At a Distance: The Encoding of Place in the University
Davila, Bethany; Dickinson, Hannah
Composition Studies, v44 n2 p94-115 Fall 2016
This article explores the discursive function and rhetorical effect of references to place, focusing specifically on the ways place-based ideologies can sustain inequalities in higher education. We draw on two interviews (one with an instructor and one with a student) to analyze the ways habituated, place-based ideologies--what we term "Place"--allow for certain places to function as coded language, perpetuating damaging ideologies. Our approach focuses not on situated, everyday practices of place-making, but instead on understandings of Place that are ascribed from a distance at a site of institutional power, such as the university. We argue that because of Place, specific places become an acceptable--common sense, even--way to talk about race (among other forms of social identification) without acknowledging or unpacking the accompanying ideological baggage or its material consequences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan (Detroit)
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