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The Handbook of Race and Adult Education. A Resource for Dialogue on Racism

  • ID: 2209218
  • Book
  • June 2010
  • 416 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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While much attention has been given to inclusion, diversity, and multiculturalism within adult education, The Handbook of Race and Adult Education is the first comprehensive work to engage in a dialogue specifically about race and racism and the effect these factors have on the marginalization or oppression of groups and individuals.

This landmark book provides the field of adult and continuing education with a model for the discussion of race and racism from social, educational, political, and psychological perspectives, and seeks to articulate a conceptual challenge to the ethnocentric focus of the discussion in the field. It offers adult education scholars, as well as those engaged in research and teaching about race, an opportunity to engage in a discourse about race and racism, including examinations of how these factors have been seen through multiple theoretical frameworks; how they have affected many lived experiences at work, home, and within educational settings; and how they have served to privilege some and not others. The book offers an exploration into how these factors need to be centered in a discourse and perspective that can provide those in the margins as well as in the center with ways to think about creating changes in their classrooms, communities, and homes.

This volume is a timely addition to the intense racial debate occurring in this country today. It is a long overdue medium through which those in higher education, as well as the general adult education field, can engage in a discussion that leads to critical understanding and moves us into meaningful change.

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About the Authors.



The Beginning: Kitchen Table Dialogue (Vanessa Sheared, Juanita Johnson–Bailey, Scipio A. J. Colin III, and Stephen D. Brookfield).

PART ONE: The Myth Versus the Reality of Race and Racism.

1 Rebirth of the Indigenous Spirit: Turning the World Right Side Up (Rose Borunda).

2 Reading, Writing, and Racism: Developing Racial Literacy in the Adult Education English Classroom (Yolanda Sealey–Ruiz).

3 Experiencing the Race, Gender, and Socioeconomic Divide in Academia: A Chicana Perspective (Raquel A. Gonz´ales and Maria Mejorado).

4 Transforming Teaching and Learning: Teaching Race (Nichole M. Ray).

5 "Who Is This Cowboy?" Challenging the Cultural Gatekeepers (Lesley Ngatai).

Reflection One: Healing: A Journey Through Conversations on Race and Gender.

PART TWO: Problematizing "Whiteness," Supremacy, and Privilege: Their Impact on Race.

6 White Whispers: Talking About Race in Adult Education (Lisa M. Baumgartner).

7 Transforming White Consciousness (Doug Paxton).

8 Adult Education and the Problem of the Color (Power) Line: Views from the Whiter Side (Elaine Manglitz and Ronald M. Cervero).

9 White on White: Developing Capacity to Communicate About Race with Critical Humility (European–American Collaborative Challenging Whiteness).

Reflection Two: Struggling: A Journey of Comfort and Discomfort.

PART THREE: Theoretical Responses to Race and Racism.

10 An Exploration of Critical Race Theory (Rosemary B. Closson).

11 Musings on Controversial Intersections of Positionality: A Queer Crit Perspective in Adult and Continuing Education (Mitsunori Misawa).

12 Challenging Racism Through Postcolonial Discourse: A Critical Approach to Adult Education Pedagogy (Mary V. Alfred).

13 Black Skins, No Mask (Taj Johns).

14 Immigration, Racial Identity, and Adult Education: Reflections on a Transnational Paradigm of Resistance (Luis Kong).

15 A River Runs Through It: Building Bridges Across Racial Divisions in Urban Graduate Education (Catherine H. Monaghan and Catherine A. Hansman).

Reflection Three: Looking Inward: A Journey Through Dialogue and Reflections on Race.

PART FOUR: Reframing the Field Through the Lens of Race.

16 Mammies, Maids, and Mamas: The Unspoken Language of Perceptual and Verbal Racism (Doris A. Flowers).

17 The Race Card (Barbara Ford).

18 Expanding the Racialized Discourse: An Asian American Perspective (Ming–yeh Lee).

19 Challenges and Approaches to Racializing Discourse in a Privileged, White Dominant Society (LaJerne Terry Cornish).

20 Using an African–Centered Paradigm for Understanding Race and Racism in Adult Education (Derise E. Tolliver).

Reflection Four: Inpowering the Self: A Journey Toward Ending Racism.

PART FIVE: Individual and Collective Responses to Race and Racism.

21 Epilogue: Implications for Curriculum, Programming, and Research (Scipio A. J. Colin III, Vanessa Sheared, Juanita Johnson–Bailey, and Stephen D. Brookfield).


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Vanessa Sheared
Juanita Johnson–Bailey
Scipio A. J. Colin III
Elizabeth Peterson
Stephen D. Brookfield
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