ERIC Number: EJ812047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
"I Don't Want to Hear That!": Legitimating Whiteness through Silence in Schools
Castagno, Angelina E.
Anthropology & Education Quarterly, v39 n3 p314-333 Sep 2008
In this article, I examine the ways in which silences around race contribute to the maintenance and legitimation of Whiteness. Drawing on ethnographic data from two demographically different schools, I highlight patterns of racially coded language, teacher silence, silencing students' race talk, and the conflating of culture with race, equality with equity, and difference with deficit. These silences and acts of silencing create and perpetuate an educational culture in which inequities are ignored, the status quo is maintained, and Whiteness is both protected and entrenched.
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Ethnography, Whites, Equal Education, Racial Bias, Social Justice, Educational Environment, Classroom Environment, Teacher Student Relationship, Verbal Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Racial Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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