Educated in whiteness : good intentions and diversity in school / Angelina E. Castagno.
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- Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, .
1 online resource (viii, 202 pages)
- Racism in education -- Utah.
- Electronic books.
- Through rich ethnographic accounts of teachers in two demographically different secondary schools in the same urban district, Angelina E. Castagno investigates how whiteness operates in ways that thwart (and sometimes co-opt) even the best intentions and common sense--thus resulting in educational policies and practices that reinforce the status quo and protect whiteness rather than working toward greater equity. Whereas most discussions of the education of diverse students focus on the students and families themselves, Educated in Whiteness highlights the structural and ideological mechanisms of whiteness. In schools, whiteness remains dominant by strengthening and justifying the status quo while simultaneously preserving a veneer of neutrality, equality, and compassion. Framed by critical race theory and whiteness studies, this book employs concepts like interest convergence, a critique of liberalism, and the possessive investment in whiteness to better understand diversity-related educational policy and practice. Although in theory most diversity-related educational policies and practices are intended to bring about greater equity, too often in practice they actually maintain, legitimate, and so perpetuate whiteness. Castagno not only sheds light on this disconnect between the promises and practices of diversity-related initiatives but also provides insight into why the disconnect persists.
- Introduction: Whiteness, Diversity, and Educators' Good Intentions
1. "Equity Has to Be a Priority": Converging Interests and Displacing Responsibility
2. Engaging Multicultural Education: Safety in Sameness or Drawing Out Difference?
3. Practicing Politeness through Meaningful Silences
4. "It Isn't Even Questioned": Equality as Foundational to Schooling and Whiteness
5. Obscuring Whiteness with Liberalism: Winners and Losers in Federal School Reform
Conclusion: Engagement and Struggle within the "Culture of Nice".
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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