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Constructing Critical Consciousness

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


Edited By 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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Lea, Virginia. Constructing critical consciousness: narratives that unmask hegemony and ideas for creating greater equity in education / Virginia Lea. pages cm. — (Counterpoints: studies in the postmodern theory of education; vol. 414) Includes bibliographical references. 1. Educational equalization—United States. 2. Hegemony—United States. 3. Racism—United States. 4. Whites—Race identity—United States. I. Title. LC213.2.L425 379.2’6—dc23 2013038195 ISBN 978-1-4331-1351-2 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-1350-5 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-0216-5 (e-book) ISSN 1058-1634

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