White lies : the White epistemology of race and Blackness in a White upper class school

dc.contributor.advisorFranklin, Maria
dc.contributor.advisorPierre, Jemima
dc.creatorReed, Naomi Bethen
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-06T16:27:58Zen
dc.date.issued2013-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2013en
dc.date.updated2013-11-06T16:27:59Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractDuring eighteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in the suburbs of southwest Houston, Texas I examined the ways in which White upper class students, teachers, administrators, and parents think about race. As a result of exploring racial language, racial discourse, and racial texts in two US history textbooks, classroom lectures and activities, students' conversations and interviews, and local parents' political organizing, I explored the ways in which White people often think about, construct, and employ race. More specifically I learned the ways in which the White elite residents of this particular suburb know race. I am calling their way of knowing race a "White epistemology of race." I demonstrate how this White epistemology of race has informed, shaped, and guided this particular White community's attitudes toward their own education and residential resources as well as the education and residential resources of their Black and Brown intra-district peers. This dissertation aims to theorize the White epistemology of race and show it to be the unyielding source of a White "redemptive" ideology that is supported and created by the deployment of certain racialized discourses that insist and depend upon representations of Black cultural pathology.en
dc.description.departmentAnthropologyen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/21965en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.subjectWhiteness studiesen
dc.subjectEducationen
dc.subjectAfrican Diasporaen
dc.subjectRaceen
dc.subjectAnthropologyen
dc.titleWhite lies : the White epistemology of race and Blackness in a White upper class schoolen
thesis.degree.departmentAnthropologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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