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ERIC Number: EJ688007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0258-2236
"It's Just a Story": "White" Students' Difficulties in Reading the Apartheid Past
McKinney, Carolyn
Perspectives in Education, v22 n4 p37-46 Dec 2004
This article presents classroom-based research conducted in a first-year undergraduate English and Cultural Studies course at an historically 'white' and Afrikaans university in South Africa. I document my attempt to address issues of social inequality, especially racism and the apartheid past, in a South African literature course. Drawing on poststructuralist identity theory, I explore the students' difficulties in dealing with the apartheid past, arguing that their racialised identities are central to understanding their (in)ability to engage with the course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A