ERIC Number: EJ721300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Reference Count: 66
Constructions of Racism by British Chinese Pupils and Parents
Archer, Louise; Francis, Becky
Race, Ethnicity & Education, v8 n4 p387-407 Dec 2005
British Chinese pupils stand out as a high achieving group within the British education system and yet very little theoretical or policy attention has been given to these pupils' identities and experiences of education. In this paper we consider British Chinese pupils' (and parents') reports of their experiences of racism/s and their views on the potential causes of--and their responses to--racism. Analysis teases out several key components within respondents' constructions of racism/s, including popular assumptions (e.g. that Chinese pupils are clever, quiet/passive, and hardworking). It is argued that pupils experienced the seemingly "positive" stereotypes of British Chinese pupils as clever and hardworking as highly negative for a range of reasons and attention is drawn to respondents' negotiations between conflicting identity positions (for example "geek" and "tag"). Particular attention is also drawn to interplays of "race"/ethnicity and hegemonic masculinity within the production and resistance of racism/s.
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Ethnic Stereotypes, Masculinity, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Minority Groups, Racial Bias, Student Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Secondary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom