Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. and South African Schools

Paperback | April 18, 2012

byPrudence L. Carter

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What are the features of the school environment that make students' of color incorporation greater at some schools than at others? Prudence L. Carter seeks to answer this basic but bedeviling question through a rich comparative analysis of the organizational and group dynamics in eightschools located within four cities in the United States and South Africa - two nations rebounding from centuries of overt practices of racial and social inequality. Stubborn Roots provides insight into how school communities can better incorporate previously disadvantaged groups and engender equityby addressing socio-cultural contexts and promoting "cultural flexibility." It also raises important and timely questions about the social, political, and philosophical purposes of multiracial schooling that have been greatly ignored by many, and cautions against narrow approaches to education thatmerely focus on test-scores and resources.

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What are the features of the school environment that make students' of color incorporation greater at some schools than at others? Prudence L. Carter seeks to answer this basic but bedeviling question through a rich comparative analysis of the organizational and group dynamics in eightschools located within four cities in the United S...

Prudence L. Carter is Associate Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology at Stanford University. She is also the Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 18, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Distinctions and Convergences: A Brief History of Race and Education in the United States and South Africa2. Selecting "Good" Schools in the U.S. and South Africa3. Paradoxes of Opportunity: Resources, Boundaries, and Organizational-Racial Habitus4. Student Cultural Flexibility: The (un) Making of Multicultural Navigators5. The More Things Change, The More Threatening They Feel: White Youths' Attitudes on Equity6. Equity and Empathy: Growing Equality of Opportunity7. Stubborn Roots: Weeding Out Educational InequalityAppendix A Few Notes on MethodologyReferencesEndnotes

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"Prudence Carter's remarkable book shines a light on the often invisible patterns that perpetuate educational disparity in both the United States and South Africa. Stubborn Roots reveals how racial and ethnic divides are often reinforced, even in supposedly 'integrated' schools and even whenmany people of good will, try to eradicate them. Carter's insights illuminate how educators and schools can address these issues by becoming increasingly attuned to the socio-cultural worlds in which their students live. This book paves the way for the changes needed for historically disadvantagedgroups to receive equitable, high-quality educations." --Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University