Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226257136 Published May 1996
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226257143 Published May 1996
An e-book edition will be published.

Blacked Out

Dilemmas of Race, Identity, and Success at Capital High

Signithia Fordham

Blacked Out
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Signithia Fordham

426 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1995
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226257136 Published May 1996
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226257143 Published May 1996
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9780226229980 Will Publish March 1996
This innovative portrait of student life in an urban high school focuses on the academic success of African-American students, exploring the symbolic role of academic achievement within the Black community and investigating the price students pay for attaining it. Signithia Fordham's richly detailed ethnography reveals a deeply rooted cultural system that favors egalitarianism and group cohesion over the individualistic, competitive demands of academic success and sheds new light on the sources of academic performance. She also details the ways in which the achievements of sucessful African-Americans are "blacked out" of the public imagination and negative images are reflected onto black adolescents. A self-proclaimed "native" anthropologist, she chronicles the struggle of African-American students to construct an identity suitable to themselves, their peers, and their families within an arena of colliding ideals. This long-overdue contribution is of crucial importance to educators, policymakers, and ethnographers.
Introduction: Stalking Culture and Meaning and Looking in a Refracted Mirror
1: Schooling and Imagining the American Dream: Success Alloyed with Failure
2: Becoming a Person: Fictive Kinship as a Theoretical Frame
3: Parenthood, Childrearing, and Female Academic Success
4: Parenthood, Childrearing, and Male Academic Success
5: Teachers and School Officials as Foreign Sages
6: School Success and the Construction of "Otherness"
7: Retaining Humanness: Underachievement and the Struggle to Affirm the Black Self
8: Reclaiming and Expanding Humanness: Overcoming the Integration Ideology
Policy Implications
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