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ERIC Number: EJ1366420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2379-3406
EISSN: EISSN-2379-3414
An Exploration of White Fear and School Discipline in Alabama
Baggett, Hannah Carson; Andrzejewski, Carey E.
Whiteness and Education, v5 n1 p74-90 2020
The purpose of this paper is to explore the ways in which white fear governs school discipline policies and practices in Alabama. Specifically, we advance white fear as a conceptual framework through which school discipline policies implementation, interpretation, and data reporting can be understood. We focus here on the case of Alabama public schools. We define white fear as a multifaceted, insidious, and socialised construct that takes the following forms: (1) material fear; (2) embodied fear; (3) and rhetorical fear. These three types of fear work in concert to perpetuate the removal of African American children and adolescents from public school classrooms for minor and subjective offences. We describe and unpack each of these dimensions of white fear and illustrate the recursive relationship between fear and school discipline by drawing on specific evidence from Alabama's policies and practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama
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