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ERIC Number: EJ1121373
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
"Being Black Is Like Being a Soldier in Iraq": Metaphorical Expressions of Blackness in an Urban Community
Woodson, Ashley N.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v30 n2 p161-174 2017
Metaphor and metaphorical expressions are phenomenon of interest in teacher education research, critical race literature, and research on black communicative practices. Only marginal concerted attention has been paid to students' metaphorical expressions, and what these expressions might tell us about students' racial identities and lived experiences. This study explores the metaphorical language that nine black youth used to describe what it means to be black in their social and political context. Data collected through the metaphor elicitation prompt, "Being black is like …," is presented to probe participants' understandings of race, racial identity, and urban society. Conclusions indicate that abstract or indirect conversations about race may provide teachers and other hearers of students' metaphors a greater understanding of and empathy toward students' needs, experiences, and identities.
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Language: English
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