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Struggles of Hope: How White Adult Educators Challenge Racism


by Elaine Manglitz, Juanita Johnson-Bailey & Ronald M. Cervero — 2005

The purpose of this study was to understand how White antiracist adult educators challenge racism. Seven participants from 5 different antiracist educational organizations were included. Data were collected over a 5-month period using interviews, documents, and participant observations and were analyzed using the constant comparative method. Results addressed the understandings of racism and White privilege that adult educators bring to their work and how these understandings guide them to challenge racism. A systemic understanding of racism, as well as an understanding of how their own White privilege affects them and People of Color, guided the adult educators' work. Their analyses of racism influenced the participants to take particular and strategic actions to challenge racism. The study has implications for adult educators who recognize the entrenchment of racism in our society and who want to move their abstract understandings to the concrete level of daily interactions and take specific actions within their educational practices.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 6, 2005, p. 1245-1274
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11910, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 4:58:23 PM

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  • Elaine Manglitz
    Clayton College and State University
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    ELAINE MANGLITZ is the director of disability services at Clayton College and State University. Her research interests include topics related to race, disability, and access to education. Recent publications have appeared in the Adult Education Quarterly (2003) and in the Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Adult Education Research Conference (2002).
  • Juanita Johnson-Bailey
    University of Georgia
    JUANITA JOHNSON-BAILEY is a professor at the University of Georgia in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy and the Women’s Studies Program. She specializes in researching race and gender in educational and workplace settings. Her book, Sistahs in College: Making a Way Out of No Way (Krieger, 2001) received the Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in Continuing Higher Education.
  • Ronald Cervero
    University of Georgia
    RONALD M. CERVERO is a professor in and head of the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy at the University of Georgia. He has written extensively in the area of the politics of education, including Planning Responsibly for Adult Education: A Guide to Negotiating Power and Interests (Jossey-Bass, 1994), and an edited volume, Power in Practice: Adult Education and the Struggle for Knowledge and Power in Society (Jossey-Bass, 2001).
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