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ERIC Number: EJ1156427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
"My Eyes Were Opened to the Lack of Diversity in Our Best Schools": Re-Conceptualizing Competitive School Choice Policy as a Racial Formation
Rodriguez, Sophia
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v49 n4 p529-550 Nov 2017
This article documents minority youth sense-making around the concept of diversity and the founding of a youth activist group that seeks spaces for policy thinking and protesting against racial inequalities in selective enrollment schools. Utilizing the sociological theory of racial formation and the concept of racial projects (Omi and Winant in "Racial formation in the United States," 3rd edn, Routledge, New York, 2014), this article draws on data from a critical ethnography. The author argues that youth activists offer a critical perspective for researchers and policy-makers in the face of neoliberal school choice policy. Findings reveal that youth activists understand a lack of diversity as racial imbalance in high status schools, and that they expose structural inequalities that are embedded in policy structures and processes such as selective enrollment high schools. Implications are discussed to show how re-conceptualizing policy as a racial formation can bring structural and institutional racist practices into view in hopes of transforming district policies to offer access to high quality schools for all students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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