"Being" black and strategizing for excellence in a racially stratified academic hierarchy

Carla O'Connor, Jennifer Mueller, R. L'Heureux Lewis, Deborah Rivas-Drake, Seneca Rosenberg

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Abstract

This article reports the findings of an ethnographic study of Black identity and achievement in one predominantly White high school featuring a racially stratified academic hierarchy (RSAH). Foregrounding the experiences of three exceptionally achieving Black girls against those of other high-achieving but less stellar students, the study demonstrates how an RSAH amplifies and animates Black students' constructions of Black identity to affect how Black youth strategize for academic excellence under second-generation segregation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1232-1257
Number of pages26
JournalAmerican Educational Research Journal
Volume48
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

Keywords

  • Black education
  • achievement
  • achievement gap
  • identity
  • qualitative research
  • race
  • social context
  • social stratification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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