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A compelling ethnography of the racial landscape of contemporary schools -- Barrie Thorne, author of Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School

A wonderful and timely book -- Michèle Foster, author of Black Teachers on Teaching

About the Author

Amanda E. Lewis is an assistant professor of sociology and African American studies and a fellow at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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  • Series: Series in Childhood Studies
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (March 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813532256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813532257
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kaiser on June 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is truly amazing. It deals with a controversial topic in a careful but thought-provoking manner. Having taught in urban and suburban schools for twenty years I can relate to many of the stories that she tells about the inability of teachers, school administrators, and parents to deal effectively with the elephant in the room, race. As she points out in her conclusion we as teachers and Americans cannot "merely close our eyes and try by sheer force of imagination to will ourselves into a color-blind world." In this very readable and well-written book the author reminds us that as teachers we owe it to our students (not just our black and hispanic students) to help them understand how race matters. It is only through direct and honest dialogue that our students will be better prepared to make sure race matters less in the future.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 2003
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Race in the Schoolyard adds a new dimension to the literature on race and schooling. It examines how race is understood, produced, reproduced and contested by students, teachers and parents. It provides rich description and profound analysis of the dynamics of race in elementary schools. Its explanations of how race is constructed and dealt with at schools incorporates the examination of micro processes such as teacher practices and macro processes such as residential segregation. It makes a strong statement about how racial categorization is imbued in everyday life at school and even in the most minute or "insignificant" details of school. The book shows how racial categorization leads to behavior toward others that influence their educational opportunities.
Amanda Lewis provides new insights into how race gets constructed by schools. She examines how school as an institution produces racial meanings, in formal and informal ways, that have lasting consequences for students, especially students of color.
Amanda Lewis'work--which was quoted in the University of Michigan affirmative action case--will surely raise controversy and fuel substantial debates. She wrestles with the relative roles of culture and merit in the book. She uses Bourdieu to understand cultural gaps between minority students and the school. She argues that such gaps put minority students at a disadvantage as they are judged, not in terms of "ability or potential," but by "white middle class styles of interaction." In other words, while acknowledging cultural differences, she points out that these differences are not treated neutrally; rather, those of white students tend to be rewarded, and those of students of color are more often treated as illegitimate.
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By Leigha on December 6, 2012
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Amanda Lewis is making some noise with her book Race in the Schoolyard. Her thought provoking work takes us into the classrooms of 3 elementary schools revealing the hidden curriculum that is being taught each day- race. Through a series of interviews and observations, Amanda Lewis sheds light on students, teachers, and administrators, and their culturally incompetent attitudes towards race and the harmful affect that it has, not only on minorities, but those of the macro culture as well. Through deep analysis, she goes on to explain how the educational institution, which is an agent of socialization has a responsibility to tackle race head on, so that positive attitudes are developed and perpetuated later in life.
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By S.ell on April 6, 2013
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Interesting book. Gives perspectives of race from urban, suburban and rural school districts. There are multiple student, teacher, and parent accounts of the significance of race, no matter where you're from. This book can be hard to follow at times, but it is a great book to consider. I used this book for a college elective course about diversity in the classroom.
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