Undoing Whiteness in the Classroom

Critical Educultural Teaching Approaches for Social Justice Activism

by Virginia Lea (Volume editor) Erma Jean Sims (Volume editor)
©2008 Textbook X, 278 Pages
Series: Counterpoints, Volume 321


At the start of the twenty-first century, government mandates and corporate practices are resulting in growing inequities in the U.S. educational field. Many view this as being driven by whiteness hegemony. Undoing Whiteness in the Classroom is a comprehensive effort to bring together, in one volume, educultural practices and teaching strategies that deconstruct whiteness hegemony, empower individuals to develop critical consciousness, and inspire them to engage in social justice activism. Through music, the visual and performing arts, narrative, and dialogue, educulturalism opens us up to becoming more aware of the oppressive cultural and institutional forces that make up whiteness hegemony. Educulturalism allows us to identify how whiteness hegemony functions to obscure the power, privilege, and practices of the dominant social elite, and reproduce inequities and inequalities within education and wider society.


X, 278
ISBN (Softcover)
USA Chancengleichheit Whiteness hegemony Educulturalism Social justice activism Kritische Psychologie Pedagogy Curriculum Teacher education
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. X, 278 pp.

Biographical notes

Virginia Lea (Volume editor) Erma Jean Sims (Volume editor)

The Editors: Virginia Lea received her Ph.D. in social and cultural studies in education from the University of California, Berkeley. She sees her research and teaching as a means of developing greater understanding of how whiteness hegemony contributes to global inequities. She lives a commitment to greater socioeconomic, political, and educational equity. Erma Jean Sims received her J.D. in law from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She uses her classroom as a social justice laboratory, raising the consciousness of pre-service teachers about the complexities of racism and whiteness and empowering them to engage in social justice activism.


Title: Undoing Whiteness in the Classroom