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ERIC Number: EJ1129376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
"There Ain't No White People Here": Master Narratives of the Civil Rights Movement in the Stories of Urban Youth
Woodson, Ashley N.
Urban Education, v52 n3 p316-342 Mar 2017
In this article, the author uses the critical race theoretical construct of "master narrative" to explore historical and ideological assumptions about the Civil Rights Movement held by two Black youth in an urban community. Master narrative is defined as the dominant social mythologies that mute, erase, and neutralize features of racial struggle. Through a synthesis of literature by critical race theorists and critical social historians, the author outlines four themes present in master narratives about the Movement, and illustrates how each theme functions to reinforce ideologies of White supremacy. Through counterstory, the author examines ways in which these themes seem to constrain participants' understandings of race, racism, and racial struggle. The author concludes posing questions to encourage urban social studies educators to think deeply about their historical content knowledge, curriculum, and classroom practices, and restating the need for continued exploration into the implications of master narrative in Black, urban students' understandings of history and their contemporary conditions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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