Towards a research framework for race in education: critical race theory and Judith Butler

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Chadderton, C. 2013. Towards a research framework for race in education: critical race theory and Judith Butler. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. 26 (1), pp. 39-55.
AuthorsChadderton, C.
Abstract

There has been much debate around the extent to which poststructuralist theory can be applied to critical research. In this article, it is argued that aspects of the two approaches can be combined, resulting in productive tensions that point towards a possible new framework for researching race and racism in education in the UK. The article specifically considers combining Critical Race Theory (CRT), with a poststructural approach to understanding identity based on the work of Judith Butler, and explores the usefulness of such a theoretical approach to investigate minority ethnic young people’s experiences of education and the way in which these experiences shape their sense of self, leading to the perpetuation of racial inequalities. It is argued that working at the boundary of these two theoretical traditions provides a deeper understanding of the way in which racism operates, the way it shapes experience, and the possibilities for political and social change.

KeywordsRacism;; Critical Race Theory; poststructural theory; Judith Butler
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Journal citation26 (1), pp. 39-55
ISSN1366-5898
0951-8398
Year2013
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2011.650001
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Print2013
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Deposited19 Mar 2013
Copyright informationThis is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education [2013] [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2011.650001
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