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ERIC Number: EJ1314243
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2369-8659
"Ain't I Got a Right to the Tree of Life?": Examining Special Education through the Application of Afro-Humanity
Banks, Joy; Shockley, Kmt; Wilkerson, Courtney
Philosophical Inquiry in Education, v28 n2 p138-148 2021
In this manuscript we chart the intersection of dis/ability and Afro-humanity. We propose that Afro-humanity is a contextual paradigm within African-centred ideology that can be applied to explore the ways in which disability may be perceived differently when applying a specific, cultural philosophical lens. We also explore the process of decolonization, whereby African American parents, with a child identified with an intellectual disability, reorient themselves to a way of thinking that is more emancipatory. The parents act in a way that challenge concepts about human cognitive variance and notions of dis/ability in school settings. Drawing on such a model as Afro-humanity, we argue for a more equitable approach to community and educational engagement for Black students labelled with dis/abilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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