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Identity Traps or How Black Students Fail: the interactions between biographical, sub-cultural, and learner identities

Youdell, Deborah; (2003) Identity Traps or How Black Students Fail: the interactions between biographical, sub-cultural, and learner identities. British Journal of Sociology of Education , 24 pp. 4-20. Green open access

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Abstract

The enduring inequities experienced by African-Caribbean students in UK schools has been well documented. This paper aims to better understand how these inequities have come to be so enduring. Through detailed analyses of data generated through a school ethnography, this paper demonstrates the processes through which African-Caribbean students are identified as undesirable, or even intolerable, learners. The paper builds on the insights offered by earlier school ethnographies while deploying and developing a new theoretical framework. This framework suggests that the discursive practices of students and teachers contribute to the performative constitution of intelligible selves and others. Drawing on this framework, the paper demonstrates how African-Caribbean race and sub-cultural identities, and further intersecting biographical identities including gender and sexuality, are deployed within organisational discourse as evidence of these students? undesirable learner identities.

Type: Article
Title: Identity Traps or How Black Students Fail: the interactions between biographical, sub-cultural, and learner identities
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: Race
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10002075
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