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The Agony of Education: Black Students at a White University

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The Agony of Education is about the life experience of African American students attending a historically white university. Based on seventy-seven interviews conducted with black students and parents concerning their experiences with one state university, as well as published and unpublished studies of the black experience at state universities at large, this study captures the painful choices and agonizing dilemmas at the heart of the ...

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Overview

The Agony of Education is about the life experience of African American students attending a historically white university. Based on seventy-seven interviews conducted with black students and parents concerning their experiences with one state university, as well as published and unpublished studies of the black experience at state universities at large, this study captures the painful choices and agonizing dilemmas at the heart of the decisions African Americans must make about higher education.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Racial barriers and impediments remain commonplace on white campuses, the authors declare, in a rebuttal to the portraits of campus racial climate by Allan Bloom and Dinesh D'Souza that is only partly convincing. Their research method-focus-group interviews of black students and their parents at an unnamed but typical "State University"-generates candid responses but sacrifices the nuance and analytical depth a journalist might offer. While critics see black student solidarity as separatism, the authors report that parents deem it necessary for support and survival. Similarly, black students effectively lament the absence of black faculty members, the casual racism of frat house "slave auctions" and the inescapable problem of police harassment. The authors' recommendations are all familiar: stronger enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, increased hiring of faculty of color and more multicultural programs. Interviewees ventilate their dilemmas about friendships with whites, and about how black friends don't always approve. However, the authors report that interviewees criticize white reaction to Nation of Islam speakers as "intolerance for diversity"-an issue, like many here, that is surely more complex. Feagin and Vera, coauthors of White Racism, teach sociology at the University of Florida. Imani teaches sociology at James Madison University. (May)
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A comprehensive overview of secondary physical education teaching methods and curriculum design, incorporating the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains into the design and implementation of teaching methods. Chapters on motivation and discipline, understanding the learner, and evaluation offer review and discussion questions and sample lesson plans, and suggest exercises in lesson and unit writing and curriculum design. For undergraduate students in physical education instruction for secondary schools. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415915120
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/30/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,184,588
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Sociology at the University of Florida. HernĂ¡n Vera is Professor of Sociology at the University of Florida. Feagin and Vera are the coauthors of White Racism. Ikitah O. Imani is Assistant Professor of Sociology at James Madison University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Black Students at Predominantly White Colleges and Universities: The Rhetoric and the Reality 1
2 Educational Choices and a University's Reputation: The Importance of Collective Memory 21
3 Confronting White Students: The Whiteness of University Spaces 49
4 Contending with White Instructors: "You Can Feel When Someone Wants You Somewhere" 83
5 Administrative Barriers to Students Progress: "Blocked at Each Little Turn" 115
6 Issues of Recruitment and Retention: "If They Do Anything, It's to Encourage You to Leave" 135
7 Racism in Higher Education: The Need for Change 157
Notes 177
Index 189
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