ERIC Number: EJ1154576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reimagining the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Environment: Exposing Race Secrets and the Binding Chains of Respectability and Othermothering
Njoku, Nadrea; Butler, Malika; Beatty, Cameron C.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v30 n8 p783-799 2017
This article investigates how the intersections of gender, race, policy, and student differences at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) can impact student experience. Such an environment can displace and penalize those who do not adhere to the uniformity of heteronormative gender roles or respectability politics. Using intersecting themes that have emerged from press coverage of HBCUs as a departure, this article illustrates the ways Black respectability and conservatism are maintained through campus policy and creates an exclusionary environment for students on the margins. Through the conceptual lenses of respectability and othermothering we deconstruct this environment and opine that HBCUs, in these specific cases, stand in opposition to their founding mission of inclusion by perpetuating heteronormativity, stringent gender roles, and reinforce White supremacy. Ultimately, we call for HBCUs to reimagine the capability of campus environments to embrace variations of Blackness and disrupt marginalizing practices rooted in politics of respectability.
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Race, Gender Issues, Student Diversity, Student Experience, Sex Role, School Policy, Student Behavior, Political Attitudes, African American Students, Dress Codes, Sexual Abuse, Blacks, Identification (Psychology)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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