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Intersectionality and Race in Education

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Edited by Kalwant Bhopal, John Preston


238 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Education is a controversial subject in which difficult and contested discourses are the norm. Individuals in education experience multiple inequalities and have diverse identifications that cannot necessarily be captured by one theoretical perspective alone. This edited collection draws on empirical and theoretical research to examine the intersections of "race," gender and class, alongside other aspects of personhood, within education. Contributors from the fields of education and sociology seek to locate the dimensions of difference and identity within recent theoretical discourses such as Critical Race Theory, Judith Butler and ‘queer’ theory, post-structural approaches and multicultural models, as they analyze whiteness and the education experience of minority ethnic groups. By combining a mix of intellectually rigorous, accessible, and controversial chapters, this book presents a distinctive and engaging voice, one that seeks to broaden the understanding of education research beyond the confines of the education sphere into an arena of sociological and cultural discourse.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Intersectionality and “Race” in Education: Theorising Difference Kalwant Bhopal and John Preston 1. The Unhappy Marriage Between Marxism and Race Critique: Political Economy and the Production of Racialized Knowledge Zeus Leonardo 2. The White Working Class, Racism and Respectability: Victims, Degenerates and Interest-Convergence David Gillborn 3. Interrogating Pigmentocracy: The Intersections of Race and Social Class in the Primary Education of Afro-Trinidadian Boys Ravi Rampersad 4. A Critical Appraisal of Critical Race Theory (CRT): Limitations and Opportunities Alpesh Maisuria 5. Race Slash Class: Mixed Heritage Youth in a London School Indra Dewan 6. “If You’re Holding a Degree in This Country No-One’s Gonna Ask No Questions”: Intra-Categorical Intersectionality and BAME Youth Post-Compulsory Educational Achievement in the U.K. Andrew Morrison 7. Intersections of “Race,” Class and Gender in the Social and Political Identifications of Young Muslims in England Farzana Shain 8. Understanding Class Anxiety and “Race” Certainty in Changing Times: Moments of Home, School, Body and Identity Configuration in ‘New Migrant’ Dublin Karl Kitching 9. Beyond Culture: From Beyoncé’s Dream, “If You Thought I Would Wait for You, You Got It Wrong” (2008), to the Age of Michelle Obama Namita Chakrabarty 10. Intelligibility, Agency, and the Raced-Nationed-Religioned Subjects of Education Deborah Youdell. Conclusion: Intersectional Theories and ‘Race’: From Toolkit to ‘Mash Up’ John Preston and Kalwant Bhopal

About the Editors

Kalwant Bhopal is Reader in Education at the University of Southampton, School of Education.

John Preston is Professor of Education at the University of East London, Cass School of Education.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects