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Whiteness interrupted : White teachers and racial identity in predominantly Black schools

Bell, Marcus 1983- (author.).

Summary: "In Whiteness Interrupted Marcus Bell presents a revealing portrait of white teachers in majority Black schools in which he examines the limitations of understandings of how white racial identity is formed. Through in-depth interviews with dozens of white teachers from a racially segregated, urban school district in upstate New York, Bell outlines how whiteness is constructed based on localized interactions and takes a different form in predominantly Black spaces. He finds that in response to racial stress in a difficult teaching environment, white teachers conceptualized whiteness as a stigmatized category predicated on white victimization. When discussing race outside Black majority spaces, for example, Bell's subjects characterized American society as post-racial, in which race seldom affects outcomes. Conversely, in discussing their experiences within predominantly Black spaces, they rejected the idea of white privilege, often angrily, and instead focused on what they saw as the racial privilege of Blackness. Throughout, Bell underscores the significance of white victimization narratives in Black spaces and their repercussions as the United States becomes a majority-minority society"--

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  • ISBN: 9781478013709
  • ISBN: 1478013702
  • ISBN: 9781478014638
  • ISBN: 1478014636
  • ISBN: 9781478021933
  • Physical Description: print
    xii, 246 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2021.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: Whiteness in America -- White racelessness -- The color-line and the classroom -- Becoming white teachers -- The white race card -- Colorblind -- Conclusion: White identity politics and the coming crisis of place.
Subject: Teachers, White United States Attitudes
White people Race identity United States
White people United States Public opinion
Teaching Social aspects United States
Education, Urban United States
Racism in education United States
African Americans Crimes against Public opinion
Racism United States Public opinion
United States Race relations

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