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WHITE HEAT: racism, under-achievement and white working-class boys

Gillborn, David and Kirton, Alison (2000) WHITE HEAT: racism, under-achievement and white working-class boys. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 4 (4). pp. 271-288. ISSN 1464-5173

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Abstract

The article examines students' experience of inner-city education in one of England’s most disadvantaged areas. In particular, we reflect on the views of white working class boys, a group that has recently been identified by policy-makers and the media as especially at risk of educational failure. These young people recognise the educational disadvantage they face on a daily basis, made explicit in a tangible lack of resourcing and institutionalised through selection systems (like banding and setting). These injustices are re-worked through the students' perspectives, taking cues from national and community racist discourses of white victimhood. In this way the white students view their educational and class disadvantage as a Ôrace' issue. We conclude that this is an important but largely unrecognised way in which racism continues to work through a system that, despite changes in rhetoric, refuses to engage with the reality of racism as a deeply rooted and defining characteristic of the education system.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Gillborn, David and Kirton , Alison (2000) WHITE HEAT: racism, under-achievement and white working-class boys. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 4 (4). pp. 271-288. International Journal of Inclusive Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/13603110050167998
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Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2010 09:27
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:26
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