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ERIC Number: EJ1222587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
Contemporary Media Representations of Race and the Reshaping of the College Classroom Experience
El-Burki, Imaani Jamillah
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v27 n2-3 p106-116 2017
Close attention must be given to understanding how race is articulated and racial hierarchies normalized in media, especially when teaching courses that address difference. Imaani El-Burki teaches predominantly European American students from both conservative and privileged backgrounds about racialized, gendered, and classed media representations in a supposedly pluralist and postracial world. To address and respond to the particular ways that this appears in the academic environment, El-Burki argues that professors and instructors across academic disciplines must be aware of media's impact on the worldview of their students (Jenkins; Luther et al.). Therefore the heart of this article addresses how she has negotiated the reality of her position as a black, Muslim, and female academic whose scholarship and intersectional identity call attention to the experiences of gender, racial, and religiously marginalized personas via media (mis)representations. Throughout the article, she provides anecdotal accounts of experiences and celebrate the positive ways in which her presence as an educational gatekeeper requires students to reconsider what they take for granted about race, gender, social class, and religion. By challenging media representations that have been normalized in their environment, El-Burki's classroom agenda is shaped around students actively engaging in the process of becoming media literate (Kellner). The article concludes with guidance to future scholars who want to consider how their intersectional identities impact the teaching process. Diversity across race, gender, and religious identities is key to reconfiguring the power structure of the ivory tower.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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