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Title:What Is Care? The Birth and Identity Formation of an Alternative Public Middle School
Author(s):Hogan, Maureen Patricia
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Bruce, Bertram C.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Abstract:Drawing on textual analyses of the school's handbook, institutional documents, public policy and popular media; along with copious field notes and open-ended interviews with local politicians, administrators, faculty and children; I argue that though CARE strives to be a place for innovation, hope and academic possibility, the assumptions of cultural deficit, and its attendant solution, behavior modification permeate its character. Thus, I apprehend CARE as a crisis heterotopia, a convoluted and curious site devoid of historical memory as well as theoretical and political situativity, and one that beckons answers to questions of white privilege and racial equality. I further argue that the deficit model for understanding differential academic achievement, masked in deceptively ambiguous discourses of "risk" and "alternative," is alive and well in the late nineties and will surely creep into the next century.
Issue Date:2000
Description:299 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9971097
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2000

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