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City-Suburban Desegregation and Forced Choices: A Review Essay of Susan Eaton's The Other Boston Busing Story


reviewed by Dana Banks & Jack Dougherty — 2004

coverTitle: City-Suburban Desegregation and Forced Choices: A Review Essay of Susan Eaton's The Other Boston Busing Story
Author(s): Susan E. Eaton
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
ISBN: 0300087659, Pages: 293, Year: 2001
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This review essay critically evaluates Susan Eaton's The Other Boston Busing Story, an interview-based study of African American alumni from Boston's METCO voluntary city-to-suburb school desegregation program in the 1970s through the 1990s. The reviewers praise Eaton's richly-textured representations of METCO alumni experiences, but they question whether the evidence supports her major policy claim that nearly all alumni would repeat the program if given the opportunity. Based on the reviewers' parallel study of Hartford's Project Concern alumni, the essay calls attention to "forced choices" faced by many African Americans in these city-suburban programs, and discusses the broader implications for contemporary policy debate on school desegregation and the vouchers movement.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 985-996
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11225, Date Accessed: 10/24/2014 10:41:40 AM

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  • Dana Banks
    Trinity College
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    DANA BANKS graduated with honors from Trinity College in 2003, with a major in political science and minors in legal studies and women's studies. She is currently employed at the Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel law firm in New York City.
  • Jack Dougherty
    Trinity College
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    JACK DOUGHERTY is Assistant Professor and Director of the Educational Studies Program at Trinity College. He teaches courses in educational history, policy, and research, and actively participates in campus-community partnerships in the city of Hartford, Connecticut. .
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