Reproducing monocultural education: ethnic majority staff's discursive constructions of monocultural school practices

Jelle Mampaey*, Patrizia Zanoni

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Abstract

This paper investigates the role of ethnic majority staff in the perpetuation of monocultural education that excludes non-western, ethnic minority cultures and reproduces institutional racism in schools. Based on qualitative data collected through semi-structured interviews in four ethnically diverse schools in the Flemish educational system, we specifically investigate the role of ethnic majority staff in the reproduction of monocultural school practices through a discursive theoretical lens. The study advances the current literature on institutional racism by showing how situated meanings of monocultural school practices at the micro level of individuals are discursively inter-linked with the macro-level monocultural model of education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)928-946
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume37
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Keywords

  • monocultural education
  • reproduction
  • institutional racism
  • critical discourse analysis
  • WHITENESS
  • ACHIEVEMENT
  • IDENTITY
  • STUDENTS
  • CONTEXT
  • REFORM
  • AGENCY
  • YOUTH
  • RACE

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