Race, Space, And Place

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Purpose. To determine what role the contemporary inner city, as a real and imagined space, has played in urban high school motion pictures. Thesis. The inner city and the social context believed to accompany it is a central organizing element in urban high school films. Methods. This study surveyed five urban high school films for their use of the inner city, and the lived experiences of its residents, to frame their narratives. The primary objective was to determine what role the contemporary city plays in ...
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Overview

Purpose. To determine what role the contemporary inner city, as a real and imagined space, has played in urban high school motion pictures. Thesis. The inner city and the social context believed to accompany it is a central organizing element in urban high school films. Methods. This study surveyed five urban high school films for their use of the inner city, and the lived experiences of its residents, to frame their narratives. The primary objective was to determine what role the contemporary city plays in motion pictures which portray the education of students from urban areas. Specifically, the films Blackboard Jungle (Richard Brooks, 1955), Stand and Deliver (Ramon Menendez, 1987), Lean on Me (John Avildsen, 1989), Dangerous Minds (John Smith, 1995), and Freedom Writers (Richard LaGravenese, 2007) have been surveyed qualitatively. Each film's textual analysis is limited to 3 components: (1) the image of the city, (2) the image of the classroom, and (3) each narrative's references to circulating social discourse; all of which illuminate how each of these films are influenced by the problems associated with students from urban communities. Results. Each film opens with a proliferation of cues of the surrounding urban terrain students come from, cues within each classroom environment serve as a reminder of that space, while each narrative makes implicit and explicit references to the problems of having to educate students from an urban environment. Conclusion. The contemporary city, as a real and imagined space, plays the role of difference. Its young African American and Hispanic residents are posed as the derivatives of an urban environment rife with drugs, joblessness, gang violence, and hopelessness. The teacher's primary objective is to save them from these problems, thereby constituting the inner city as a central character in urban high school films.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781243392954
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 98
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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