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ERIC Number: EJ1169877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0362-6784
Between Hosts and Guests: Conditional Hospitality and Citizenship in an American Suburban School
Shirazi, Roozbeh
Curriculum Inquiry, v48 n1 p95-114 2018
This article utilizes the idea of hospitality to explore how educative practices contribute to the making of citizens at Light Falls High School (LHS), a suburban American secondary school that professes a strong commitment to racial equity and global awareness. The data are derived from an ethnographic case study which took place in 2013-2014. I primarily draw upon the classroom experiences and narratives of transnational youth--those with social lives, cultural practices, and notions of self that are not bounded by one nation--and several educators to tell the story of hospitality at LHS. Three techniques emerged by which conditional hospitality shaped the possibilities of welcome and recognition of transnational students--questioning attachment, conditioning speech, and conditioning space--and these in turn constitute normative thresholds that fix these students in difference, delimit their belonging, and constrain their possibilities of membership. The gift of welcome meant to make non-normative students feel welcome often comes with caveats that uphold narratives of benevolence and superiority of the United States as an exceptional nation, affirm the notion of White indigeneity, and allow for mitigation in acknowledging structural racism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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