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On Becoming A Cultural Object

Karolyn Tyson

in Integration Interrupted

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199736447
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943951 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736447.003.0012
On Becoming A Cultural Object

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This chapter examines the way in which racialized tracking creates racial distinctions among students that lead to the interpretation of academic achievement as acting white. It begins with a short discussion of two topics: the meaning and use of the broad concept of acting white among African Americans; and the issue of racial disparities in elementary school gifted programs and race talk among pre-adolescents. The chapter then looks at the experiences of high-achieving black adolescents at nineteen public high schools in North Carolina. Finally, it investigates why some high-achieving black youth are targeted with the acting white slur while many others, including peers at the same school, are not.

Keywords: African Americans; acting white; high schools; North Carolina; racialized tracking; academic achievement; racial disparities; gifted programs; race; black youth

Chapter.  17674 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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