Born Out of Struggle: Critical Race Theory, School Creation, and the Politics of Interruption

SUNY Press
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 Demonstrates how critical race theory can be useful in real-world situations.
Rooted in the initial struggle of community members who staged a successful hunger strike to secure a high school in their Chicago neighborhood, David Omotoso Stovall’s Born Out of Struggle focuses on his first-hand participation in the process to help design the school. Offering important lessons about how to remain accountable to communities while designing a curriculum with a social justice agenda, Stovall explores the use of critical race theory to encourage its practitioners to spend less time with abstract theories and engage more with communities that make a concerted effort to change their conditions. Stovall provides concrete examples of how to navigate the constraints of working with centralized bureaucracies in education and apply them to real-world situations.
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About the author

 David Omotoso Stovall is Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is coeditor (with William Ayers and Therese Quinn) of Handbook of Social Justice in Education.

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SUNY Press
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Published on
Mar 31, 2016
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Pages
208
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ISBN
9781438459158
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Multicultural Education
Education / Philosophy, Theory & Social Aspects
Education / Secondary
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