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A Good Investment?Philanthropy and the Marketing of Race in an Urban Public School$
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Amy Brown

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816691128

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816691128.001.0001

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Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask

Professionalism and Life after College Prep

(p.178) 7 Behind the Mask
A Good Investment?

Amy Brown

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter seven is based on interviews conducted from 2011 to 2014. This chapter details student, parent, and staff reactions to reading the ethnography the author created. Participants were given a copy of the manuscript, and after several weeks were asked, in semi structured one-on-one interviews or focus groups, to detail their critiques. Besides positive or developmental feedback on the manuscript itself, what emerged most commonly from the interviews were themes of identity construction and agency, commodification and generosity, and humanization and solidarity. This section brings together the threads of the author’s main argument, examines the various stances participants took on the author’s critique of the school’s model, and analyzes how students and staff construct their identities in relation to the author’s study.

Keywords:   interviews, reactions, ethnography, critiques, themes of identity, humanization, agency, commodification, generosity

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