ERIC Number: EJ786820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Talking Whiteness: Representations of Social Justice in One School
Lindsay, Jennifer L.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v39 n4 p425-453 Nov 2007
This post-structural discourse analysis examines how whiteness is discursively and materially maintained and reproduced through an anti-bias discourse. It attempts to surface ways in which counter discourses are mediated within a dominant discourse such as whiteness. Understanding one school's determined efforts to "combat oppression" and the difficulties inherent in this charge may allow for expanded notions of how schools might challenge taken for granted norms on which many visions of reform rest. Finally, taking into consideration the ways in which dominant discourses of normalization may act as a barrier to producing transformational environments for teaching and learning in K-12 schools, may make more evident the need for schools to have mechanisms that challenge normative structures, social practices, as well as create space for counter discourses to be generated.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Discourse Analysis, Social Justice, Literacy, Whites, Consciousness Raising, Social Bias, Role of Education, Social Influences, Social Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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