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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Brown, Ayanna Fitima
URN etd-03312008-143259
Title Constructing "Race" Through Talk: A Micro-ethnographic investigation of discussions of "race" among African American secondary students
Degree PhD
Department Teaching and Learning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Professor David Bloome Committee Co-Chair
Professor Karen Campbell Committee Co-Chair
Professor Alfredo Artiles Committee Member
Professor Kevin Leander Committee Member
Professor Tina Chen Committee Member
  • Black students
  • African American
  • race in school settings
  • discussions of race
  • discourse analysis
  • race talk
  • focus groups
Date of Defense 2008-11-30
Availability unrestricted
This micro-ethnographic research project examines discussions of "race" among African American secondary students. More specifically, this project focuses on how "race" is constituted in school settings, and the ways in which both students and teachers construct "race" through talk. Framed by sociolinguistic ethnography, critical race theory, and narrative theory, I investigate uses of narrative as a heuristic for connecting discussions of "race" to the ways students present their experiences with everyday life. The findings from this research project demonstrates that discussions of "race" happin in classroom settings and among students in several ways. Some of these discussions are a result of curriculum choices, and teacehrs' perspectives of teaching African American students inform other types of discussions. Students engage in discussions of "race" as a means to critique or challenge the wide ranges of ways "race" is presented to them in and out of school. I conclude that "race" is constructed based on either the social interactions students have or based on how student veiw themselves in relationship to other racialized communities.
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