Education and the Social Construction of 'Race' (RLE Edu J)

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Routledge, Jun 14, 2012 - Education - 228 pages
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Does the education system help or hinder the fight against racism? This volume provides a constructive critique of the Swan Report of 1985 and of sociological research into racial and ethnic relations. The author undertakes a searching philosophical and sociological analysis of multicultural and antiracist education. He shows how the education system itself can reinforce racist assumptions and behaviour in society, but also argues that through educational and social reconstructing it can promote constructive cross-cultural relations.

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Beyond rational choice
9
2 Racist frames of reference
26
3 What is multicultural and antiracist education? Philosophical and sociological reflections
46
4 A critique of the Swann Report
76
5 Can teachers be taught? Can attitudes be changed?
89
a case study
96
a case study
117
8 Bias in examinations
132
constructed underachievement
151
References
194
Index
209
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