Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The emperor has no clothes: Teaching about race and racism to people who don't want to know
by Okun, Tema Jon, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2010, 266; 3403775
Abstract (Summary)

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want to Know is designed to offer both practical and theoretical grounding for leaders and teachers interested in effectively addressing racism as well as other oppressive constructs. The dissertation offers an overview of the role of western culture in maintaining systems of institutional and cultural oppression related to race, class, gender, and sexuality. The dynamics of cultural shift are explored; scientific, spiritual, and cultural theories about cultural transformation are investigated, as are historical periods of dynamic cultural change. The psycho/social history of resistance is examined, and successful strategies for addressing resistance, denial, and fear in the classroom are offered. Using theory, storytelling, and history, effective strategies for teaching about dominance, privilege, internalization are covered as is the importance of working with students to apply theory and engage in the collective task of creating a more just world.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shapiro, Svi
Commitee: Gause, C.P., Lyons, Hanna, Villaverde, Leila
School: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department: School of Education: Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 71/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Bilingual education, Educational sociology, Teacher education, Ethnic studies
Keywords: Culture, Privileged resistance, Race, Racism, Teaching, Western culture
Publication Number: 3403775
ISBN: 978-1-109-77513-6
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