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ERIC Number: EJ1149377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-827X
Racism, Power, and Place: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Online Commentary Associated with the Establishment of Culturally-Themed Housing for Black Men
Patton, Lori D.; Sharp, Sacha; Sánchez, Berenice
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v43 n3 p28-41 2017
A critical discourse analysis of comments written in response to an online article related to the University of Connecticut's announcement about the ScHOLA2RS House, a culturally-themed residential program to retain and support African American male students is presented. Following this announcement, articles were published in various online media outlets surrounding Connecticut's decision. We selected an article written in "Inside HigherEd," reviewed it and analyzed the reader commentary that followed. Our critical discourse analysis revealed that commenters relied on arguments associated with segregation and stereotypes of black inferiority to justify their disagreement with the House. The findings also indicate commenter's unsubstantiated assertions were often symptomatic of white fragility. We offer recommendations for residence life departments that offer culturally-themed housing and discuss the importance of public opinion in shaping racial discourse, particularly related to institutional diversity initiatives in residence life. [Discussion questions developed by Stacey Garrett.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut
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