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Downed By Friendly FireBlack Girls, White Girls, and Suburban Schooling$
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Signithia Fordham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816689668

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816689668.001.0001

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Last Stop on the Underground Railroad, First Stop of Refried Segregation

Last Stop on the Underground Railroad, First Stop of Refried Segregation

Setting and Methodology

(p.61) Chapter 2 Last Stop on the Underground Railroad, First Stop of Refried Segregation
Downed By Friendly Fire

Signithia Fordham

University of Minnesota Press

The second chapter provides a historical and contemporary overview of the internal structure of the school and the larger community in which it is embedded. It chronicles how today’s inequality in what one researcher identifies as “the promised land” (that is, suburbia) replicates the larger social, cultural, and economic forces that are implicated in the school’s academic practices and racial and gender expectations. Further, it is in this chapter that the author’s “nomadic subjectivities” and positionalities as an ethnographer are recorded. It relates specifically how the study was conducted and highlights the problems of obtaining the population of Black and White female students without the perceptions of teachers, school administrators, and parents.

Keywords:   Normalcy, Misrecognition, Race, Gender, Complicity, Privilege, Ethnography, Social dynamics, Racial identity

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