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ERIC Number: EJ946348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1077-8004
Race, School, and Seinfeld: Autoethnographic Sketching in Black and White
Wamsted, John O.
Qualitative Inquiry, v17 n10 p972-981 Dec 2011
Applying the Deluzoguattarian concept of the trace, this article explores interactions between a White teacher and his Black students and the way race is coconstructed therein. Using a short story by the Argentine mystery writer Jorge Luis Borges as a frame, the author connects the poststructural philosophy of the trace to current notions of postracial color blindness. His own experience, however, as demonstrated through autoethnographic sketches, is posited as experiential evidence that contests the chimerical nature of such color-blind claims. A caesura, rather than a conclusion, is reached through a gloss of an episode of the television series "Seinfeld." The author believes this piece of pop culture demonstrates the tensions existing between the idealism of postracial color blindness and the realities of the trace. (Contains 16 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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