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Women of Mixed Heritage in Further Education
Drawing on mixed race women’s narratives on identity and further education, this book challenges some of the conceptualizations of race, culture and mixed race identity in contemporary sociological literature, and critically examines government discourses around personhood and equity identifiable in post-compulsory education policy. The data reveal that competing discourses of individualism, essentialism and postmodernism are at work, and that it is necessary to understand the interplay of these discourses in order to do justice to the complexity and multiplicity of ways in which the women in the study speak about their identities and experiences.
Recasting Race is important reading for those working in the fields of sociology, sociology of education, cultural studies, and gender and feminist studies, as well as for those developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in education. It discusses some of the implications the research has for feminist politics, and provides a source for future education policy and practice recommendations which take the experiences of mixed race people into account.
Acknowledgements; Introduction: Unsettling Norms, Disentangling Discourse; 1) Routes of the Research; 2) Mixed Heritage in Academic ad Popular Discourse; 3) Constructing Selfhood; 4) The Perceptions of Others; 5) Evolution and Transition; 6) Investigating Education Policy; 7) Reflections on Further Education; 8) On Race, Class and Gender; 9) At the Interface of Discourse; Appendix 1: Profile of the Women; Appendix 2: Interview Questions; Bibliography; Index.