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Multicultural education and the protection of whiteness

Castagno, Angelina E. (2013) Multicultural education and the protection of whiteness. American Journal of Education, 120 (1). pp. 101-128. ISSN 01956744


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Publisher’s or external URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/673121


This article explores how teachers in one urban district understand and engage multicultural education in two very different school contexts. My data highlight how teachers’ understandings of multicultural education vacillate between what I call “powerblind sameness” and “colorblind difference.” In the end, I suggest that our everyday engagements with powerblind sameness and colorblind difference protect whiteness, but also that whiteness prevents us from working toward equity, justice, and democracy.

Item Type: Article
Publisher’s Statement: © 2013 by The University of Chicago Press. All rights reserved.
ID number or DOI: 10.1086/673121
Keywords: Critical race theory; Diversity in education; Education; Equality; Multicultural education; Racial identity of whites; RACISM; School Districts; SCHOOLS; STUDY & teaching; Teacher attitudes; Teachers; Think; Urban school district; Utah; Whiteness protection; Whites
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: College of Social and Behavioral Science > Ethnic Studies
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 04:26
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1390

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