Between A “Soft” And A “Hard” Place

Prudence L. Carter

in Keepin' It Real

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780195168624
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943968 | DOI:

Series: Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities

Between A “Soft” And A “Hard” Place

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This chapter examines differences in educational approaches between female and male African American and Latino students. It discusses the feminization of “acting white” and other cultural styles associated with the white mainstream and investigates why males are more likely to fall into the noncompliant category, as opposed to in the groups of cultural straddlers or cultural mainstreamers. It suggests that parental reinforcement of how males and females “do” gender influences differences in academic approaches.

Keywords: educational approaches; African American students; Latino students; cultural styles; acting white; parental reinforcement

Chapter.  9878 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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