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Whiteness interrupted : White teachers and racial identity in predominantly Black schools / Marcus Bell.

By: Material type: TextTextPublisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2021Copyright date: �2021Description: xii, 246 pages ; 24 cmContent type:
  • text
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
ISBN:
  • 9781478013709
  • 1478013702
  • 9781478014638
  • 1478014636
Subject(s): Additional physical formats: Online version:: Whiteness interrupted.DDC classification:
  • 370.890973 23
LOC classification:
  • LB1775.2 .B43 2021
Contents:
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.
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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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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.

"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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