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ERIC Number: EJ870918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Commonsense Understandings of Equality and Social Change: A Critical Race Theory Analysis of Liberalism at Spruce Middle School
Castagno, Angelina Elizabeth
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v22 n6 p755-768 Nov 2009
Drawing on data from an ethnographic study in an urban district in the state of Utah, this article highlights how liberalism shapes educational policy and practice in particular ways that ultimately reproduce and legitimate the status quo of whiteness. I employ critical race theory to analyze two aspects of liberalism that are especially pervasive among US educators: first, formal equality, and second, the notion that change is either unneeded or, at best, should be incremental. Both of these liberal tenets result in racialized patterns within schools that become common sense despite their destructive nature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah