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ERIC Number: EJ818636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0584
Damning Historical Visual Archives: Deficit Photographing of Mexicans and the Schooling Process
Gonzalez, Juan Carlos
American Educational History Journal, v35 n2 p293-313 2008
In this analysis of deficit theory, the plan is to understand how deficit ideology was visually perpetuated in the early twentieth century. The belief that Mexicans were racially, culturally, and linguistically inferior perpetuated itself in the classrooms of Southwest public schools, resulting in the proliferation of a structure of Americanization programs, low expectations, bureaucracy, testing, tracking, vocational education, and mentally retarded classes for U.S. Mexicans. The photographs that are analyzed in this article are the centerpiece of the data for this research, and are from the 1928 dissertation by Merton E. Hill. This research explores the question, "What do historical photographs tell us about the social, cultural, and educational climates for Mexicans living in the U.S. in the 1920s"? (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California