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ERIC Number: EJ893530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
Considering Race and Space: Mapping Developmental Approaches for Providing Culturally Responsive Advising
Mitchell, Roland W.; Wood, Gerald K.; Witherspoon, Noelle
Equity & Excellence in Education, v43 n3 p294-309 2010
This exploratory essay critically examines how social relations structure the production of space on a college campus. In particular, we analyze how the organization of one particular site--the student advising office at a southeastern university--calls attention to the relationship between race and space in ways that re-inscribe narrow definitions of academic advising that are tied to the larger context of the universities and that continue to exclude students of color. Consequently, through this article, we use the university academic advising office as an example of a reified racialized space. To this end, by applying Henri Lefebvre's (1991) concept of critical geography, discourse analysis, and critical race theory to a specific advising session between a black advisor and a black student, we provide a lens to analyze this norming of space within the constraints of a prescriptive approach to advising. The results from our inquiry suggest that institutional interpretations of race have significant material and psychic consequences for the ways that students of color experience schooling in majority white contexts. If higher education is truly committed to addressing the remnants of its racially exclusive past, these areas must be better understood and addressed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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