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ERIC Number: EJ896263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing? A Reply to Dave Hill's "Race and Class in Britain: A Critique of the Statistical Basis for Critical Race Theory in Britain"
Gillborn, David
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v8 n1 p78-107 Aug 2010
This paper is a reply to an earlier piece by Dave Hill, in this journal, that attacked critical race theory (CRT) in general and my own work in particular. I begin with a brief introduction to CRT which highlights the differences between the reality, of a broad and dynamic approach, as opposed to the simple and monolithic version constructed by Hill. In particular, I show that the CRT concept of "White supremacy" is more nuanced and fluid than the common-sense understanding of that term which Hill applies. I then respond, in turn, to each of Hill's main accusations: namely, that I systematically "misrepresent" statistical data, especially in relation to social class inequalities, and "ignore" the attainments of Indian students. These are serious accusations and I demonstrate that they are without any foundation in truth, but rather reflect fundamental inadequacies in Hill's own understanding of racism, CRT and basic descriptive statistics. (Contains 3 figures and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom