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ERIC Number: EJ1169629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1523-5882
"Compromises That We Make": Whiteness in the Dual Language Context
Burns, Meg
Bilingual Research Journal, v40 n4 p339-352 2017
This case study of a two-way dual language school explores the role of whiteness in a bilingual space, specifically with regards to parent involvement. I ask how whiteness operates in this setting and how the school's response to parent involvement reflects and/or challenges white supremacy. Using the concept of "interest convergence" and additional concepts from whiteness studies, I argue that the focal school offers a unique example of administrators explicitly working against the domination of white parents by asserting the legitimacy of Mexican-American parents' cultural capital. However, structural factors, specifically lack of funding, created a context for white parents' continued influence. Additionally, I examine the variety of ways in which white parents explained their involvement, arguing that notions of "compromise" and "sacrifice" undermined their--and administrators--social justice orientations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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