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ERIC Number: EJ795155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3534
Citizenship, Wealth, and Whiteness in a Costa Rican High School
Stocker, Karen
International Journal of Educational Policy, Research, and Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies, v5 n4 p121-146 Win 2004-2005
This article addresses the democratic rhetoric taught in a Costa Rican High School and the ways in which that rhetoric clashed with school practices that revealed hierarchies based on race, ethnicity, class, and religion. This contradiction was rendered visible through student elections, the Independence Day celebration, and civic acts. Through these acts, it became apparent that white, wealthy, Catholic students were upheld as most closely matching the image of ideal citizenship projected by the nation though participants in these events pontificated about the ideals of democracy and equality. A strict enforcement of uniform use seemingly intended to homogenize the student body, but was taken to extremes and, instead, served to exacerbate class differences. Throughout the article, I rely on racial formation theory and those theories proposed by specialists in anthropology and education to note how the school taught the value placed on whiteness implicit in the school's practices. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Costa Rica