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ERIC Number: EJ1133042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
"Because I'm Light Skin... They Think I'm Italian": Mexican Students' Experiences of Racialization in Predominantly White Schools
Fergus, Edward
Urban Education, v52 n4 p460-490 Apr 2017
Discussions on Latino/a students' interpretation of the opportunity structure and schooling treat racial/ethnic identification among Latino/as as static, despite skin color variation. This article provides findings from interviews with six Mexican students who discussed teachers identifying them as "White-looking" or "Hispanic/Mexican-looking." Both groups shared belief in the achievement ideology and understood the opportunity structure as fraught with barriers. However, the "White-looking" students perceived themselves as being able to permeate such barriers meanwhile the "Hispanic/Mexican-looking" students believed such barriers affect their ability to "make it" regardless of their aspirations. This study raises questions regarding theories on academic variability of Latino/a students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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