Four Black American Students

Four Black American Students - of ethnicity from the four...

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Four Black American Students (Peshkin) 1) How is the perspective Peshkin has taken toward “the problems of” black American students different from that of other representations of minority students? 2) Peshkin argues that because black American students come of age in a “castelike” society, “to be fully functional [black students] must develop skills to do well simultaneously in two different cultures”. What does she mean by this? What material do these students use to navigate the two cultural domains? Provide examples of this from the narratives of Warren, Shane, Charlotte, and Muriel. 3) How is “ethnicity” defined and described in the article. Provide examples of these aspects
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Unformatted text preview: of ethnicity from the four students’ narratives. 4) Warren states that “I can dress black. Right now I’m just dressed normal” – what does he mean by “ normal ”? Why would he describe another group as “normal”? Can you identify the use of other “unmarked” signifiers for ethnic identity in the narratives? How does this intersect with class, future mobility? 5) Given the multi-directional ethnicity swapping and “code-switching” all students were described as engaging in at “Riverview High,” why does Peshkin doubt we should take for granted the “color-blind” language that claims race “doesn’t matter anymore”?...
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2009 for the course ANTH 101 taught by Professor Scarre during the Spring '07 term at UNC.

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