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Constructing Critical Consciousness

Narratives that Unmask Hegemony and Ideas for Creating Greater Equity in Education

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Virginia Lea

Critical Multicultural Perspectives on Whiteness Reader aims to help us rethink "race," racism, and whiteness as narratives with deep roots in the past that contribute to the current social order, and function to reproduce the social hierarchy in which we live. The reader includes several brilliant iconic essays that address the social construction of whiteness and critical resistance, as well as excellent new critical perspectives. It is a compilation that offers new and intermediate readers in critical whiteness theory a valuable and diverse overview of the subject. It also serves as a refresher to those who have themselves contributed to this field.

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Virginia Lea received her Ph.D. in social and cultural studies in education from the University of California, Berkeley. Virginia tries to live a commitment to greater socioeconomic, political, cultural, and educational equity, recognizing the educultural power of music, the visual and performing arts, narrative, and dialogue to bring this about. She sees her teaching, research, and scholarship as a contribution to the construction of networks of consciousness that recognize how hegemony contributes to global inequalities and develop practical ideas for transforming the institutional structures and cultural norms and values that reproduce injustice, cruelty, and inequality.

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