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ERIC Number: EJ1151686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Critical Race Theory in India: "Theory Translation" and the Analysis of Social Identities and Discrimination in Indian Schooling
Goodnight, Melissa Rae
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v47 n5 p665-683 2017
This article examines ethical and philosophical considerations in "theory translation," i.e. translating a theoretical framework from its original place to another national context. Critical race theory (CRT) was developed in the United States through significant struggle in order to analyze everyday racism. Marginalized groups have historically shared postcolonial critiques, conceptualizations of social justice, and methods for mass resistance across national borders. Through an analysis of the literature on CRT and contemporary India, this article explores whether CRT's principles and methodology can be employed to research discrimination within India's school system. Can CRT be sensitive to the differences in context and still retain its philosophical center? This analysis reveals that CRT may be particularly helpful in highlighting the educational discrimination experienced by Dalits via use of CRT's "social construction thesis" to conceptualize caste and "intersectionality" to understand caste's relationship to gender and class.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India
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