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ERIC Number: EJ886282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0091-732X
Race and Class in a Culture of Risk
McDermott, Ray; Raley, Jason D.; Seyer-Ochi, Ingrid
Review of Research in Education, v33 n1 p101-116 2009
Studies of race, class, and educational risk often proceed in an established but misleading order: First, race is defined as a trait given at birth and turned into trouble by prejudice and unequal conditions; then, class is defined as traits socialized into children with diminished socioeconomic opportunities; finally, risk is treated as the result of children being damaged by racism and class disadvantage. The order shapes an easy but misleading argument: Because race and class inequities suppress normal growth and development, minority and poor children are most at risk of disabilities and school failure. This chapter looks at the issues of race and class as they are embedded in discourses of risk. The authors offer three studies disrupting easy conceptual tie among race, class, and education in a culture of risk: one on the risks of talking about race in school settings, a second on risky race and class borders between neighborhoods, and a third on building school environments in which students can forcefully confront race and class borders without too much risk. (Contains 11 notes and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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