ERIC Number: EJ822055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
The Intersection of Aestheticism and Administrative Placement at Payton High
McCray, Carlos R.; Beachum, Floyd D.; Richardson, Hayward R.
Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, v11 n1 p44-56 2008
This case is centered on the term "aestheticism", the discrimination or bias against those who do not possess the most desired physical qualities. In this particular case, the authors have chosen to highlight how African American administrators might be selected, assigned, or appointed based on their physical attributes and characteristics. The authors have chosen to reintroduce the term "aestheticism", which originally appeared in Victorian England in the mid-1800s. It had a connotation of an appreciation and dissemination of middle class beauty with regard to art and style. However, it is the authors' goal in this reintroduction of aestheticism to "ismatize" it as a potential "ism" that highlights a void regarding the covert and overt discrimination that many individuals face on a daily basis as result of physical appearances that are not directly related to their race, ethnicity, religion, or gender.
Descriptors: Assistant Principals, Personnel Selection, Racial Discrimination, Cultural Pluralism, Student Diversity, Administrator Characteristics, Group Dynamics, Aesthetics, Social Justice
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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