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"An Unexpected Minority illuminates the persistent benefits of whiteness for white students, even in a setting where they are a numerical minority and also highlights the struggle for these same students to carve out a place for themselves in a setting where they are rendered problematic."-Amanda E. Lewis, author of Race in the Schoolyard "An enlightening analysis. . . . Required reading for those committed to the pursuit of racial justice in education."-Pedro Noguera, professor of sociology, New York University "An unusually perceptive and interesting analysis. . . . A significant contribution to the literature on schooling."-Barrie Thorne, author of Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School Racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States have been growing rapidly in recent decades. Projections indicate that, in coming years, white people will statistically dominate noticeably fewer regions and public spaces. How will this reversal of minority status affect ideas about race? In spaces dominated by people of color, will attitudes about white privilege change? Or, will deeply rooted beliefs about racial inequality be resilient to numerical shifts in strength? In An Unexpected Minority, sociologist Edward Morris addresses these far-reaching questions by exploring attitudes about white identity in a Texas middle school composed predominantly of African Americans, Latinos, and Asians. Based on his ethnographic research, Morris argues that lower-income white students in urban schools do not necessarily maintain the sort of white privilege documented in other settings. Within the student body, African American students were more frequently the "cool" kids, and white students adopted elements of black culture-including dress, hairstyle, and language-to gain acceptance. Morris observes, however, that racial inequalities were not always reversed. Stereotypes that cast white students as better behaved and more academically gifted were often reinforced, even by African American teachers. Edward Morris is an assistant professor of sociology at Ohio University in Athens.
  • ISBN13: 9780813537214
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Pubilcation Year: 2005
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00171
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FormatPaperback
Publication DateNovember 1, 2005
Pages171
Primary CategoryEducation/Multicultural Education

An Unexpected Minority

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