Race Lines and the Rhetoric of Distinction through the Académie française
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This work is the product of my academic experience from early on to graduate school; which means that it made me use just about all the steps in my student career to help it support the possibly ambitious demands of its title. I am clearly indebted to more people than I would dare to start naming: all who have ever been mine a teacher, instructor, adviser/counselor, dialectical partner/opponent or a colleague at the invisible table of intellectual exchange have been, to varying degrees, natural contributors to this book. But a solid line of conscientious, well-meaning souls toiling at the mystery of education—educators who let meaning and higher purpose advise their humble expertise—made it possible and very interesting for me to think this homework. I eagerly let my deepest thanks find them wherever they are, as they have been finding them since. From Yatenga, to the Université de Ouagadougou, to the University of Minnesota, many Good ones spoke school with so positive an attitude that I am was pleased to think of it and come up with this answer. No one, however, should be (re)directed to the blackboard for the limits and shortcomings of this answer: only myself. I hope that those within whose experience this text happens to fall will find, be it just in the form of pieces or twinkles, the enlightening shades of those from whom it duly claims inspiration.
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