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Hollywood Films About Schools: Where Race, Politics, and Education Intersect


reviewed by Robert C. Bulman September 07, 2006

coverTitle: Hollywood Films About Schools: Where Race, Politics, and Education Intersect
Author(s): Ronald E. Chennault
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 1403972931, Pages: 192, Year: 2006
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One of the unique aspects of using Hollywood films as your primary source of data in an academic study is that many readers have already had access to your data.  Even the casual filmgoer feels somewhat like an expert on the many American school films of the 1980s and 1990s.  Ronald Chennault attempts to challenge our casual understanding of this popular genre and to show how it is part of a larger conservative political project to, as he writes, “recuperate” the “racial positionality” of whiteness.  While Chennault offers several very thoughtful essays that are essentially sophisticated movie reviews, he does not offer convincing evidence to support his argument that these school films helped to re-establish the ideology of white racial superiority in the Reagan era.  Nonetheless, the book is concise, well written, and will be useful to those interested in the representation of race and schools in film. Chennault aims to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 07, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12704, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 6:14:52 AM

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  • Robert Bulman
    Saint Mary's College of California
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    ROBERT C. BULMAN is associate professor of sociology at Saint Mary's College of California. He is the author of Hollywood Goes to High School: Cinema, Schools, and American Culture. Worth Publishers. 2005.
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