Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Race Matters: A Phenomenological Study of Cultural Education and Preservation in the Gullah-Geechee Community
by Gary-Davis, Triba, Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2019, 142; 27545429
Abstract (Summary)

Even with the success of the American Preservation Movement and National Trust, most preservation efforts in the United States are focused on sites with patriotic significance favoring the nation’s dominant culture and overlook protecting the land and culture of minorities and indigenous populations (Stradling, 2003). The purpose of this phenomenological study is to explore, through the lens of the Critical Race Theory, the extent to which, if at all, race, racism and environmental injustices impact the preservation efforts of members in the Gullah-Geechee community. This study also explores what programs and activities, if any, that members of the Gullah-Geechee community who preserve history and culture of the community, as well as those that educate others about the community, perceive as having the most positive impact on cultural preservation and the eradication of cultural preservation inequalities. By examining the semi-structured interviews of 10 cultural preservationists and educators in the Gullah-Geechee community, the researcher gathered common themes to provide gather information to bring awareness to race-related challenges in cultural education and preservation initiatives.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Leigh, Doug
Commitee: Hamilton, Eric, Johnson, Nicole
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, African history, Cultural Resources Management, African American Studies
Keywords: Cultural preservation, Enviromental injustice, Gullah-Geechee, Indigenous, Race, Racism
Publication Number: 27545429
ISBN: 9781392384893
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