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Breaking Bad Habits of Race and Gender: Transforming Identity in Schools


reviewed by Sue Ellen Henry January 19, 2010

coverTitle: Breaking Bad Habits of Race and Gender: Transforming Identity in Schools
Author(s): Sarah Marie Stitzlein
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742563596, Pages: 144, Year: 2009
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Sarah Stitzlein’s book Breaking Bad Habits of Race and Gender draws on long-standing Deweyan tradition of social problem solving while also utilizing some more recent work by Judith Butler to elaborate on the notion of flexible identity(ies). Combining these generative traditions offers readers a thoroughly new way of conceiving of behaviors relative to self-identification and thinking about identity(ies) of others, particularly those who have been historically marginalized in our society. The argument also gently builds toward powerful and important insights into the potential for schools to serve as sites of social change. The reasoning is sophisticated, and the writing is exceptionally clear. The primary argument of the book is that cultivating flexible habits that allow individuals to self-reflect and to resist the “sedimentation” of bad habits provides a procedural framework for reducing prejudice and racism, particularly in schools. This is a theoretically sophisticated and compelling argument, one that scholars interested... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 19, 2010
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15900, Date Accessed: 9/1/2014 2:33:13 PM

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  • Sue Henry
    Bucknell University
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    SUE ELLEN HENRY is an Associate Professor of Education at Bucknell University, where she teaches social foundations of education, multiculturalism and education, and a course on democracy and education. Her research interests focus on issues of social class in classrooms and the role of emotion in teaching and learning. She has published work in Educational Studies, Educational Theory, Teachers College Record. She recently completed a chapter for an edited work for Motherhood & Philosophy, part of the Everyday Philosophy Series published by Wiley-Blackwell, focused on the "quest for certainty" in new mothering.
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