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Karl was supervised by Dr Deborah Youdell and refers to her book:

Book symbol Youdell, D. (2006) Impossible bodies, impossible selves: Exclusions and student subjectivities. Dordrecht: Springer.


He also refers to:

Book symbol Butler, Judith (2006) Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. London: Routledge

Book symbol Lareau, Annette (2003) Unequal childhoods class, race, and family life. Berkeley : University of California Press.

Book symbol Mac an Ghaill, Maírtín (1988) Young, gifted and black: student-teacher relations in the schooling of black youth. London: Routledge.


Detailed discourse analysis of several interview extracts

Authors of this page: Graham R. Gibbs

Affiliation: University of Huddersfield

Date written: 8th May 2012




Learning outcomes

  1. Understand how by using language children can position themselves in various ways in relation to the school and to other children.
  2. Be aware that the children were often contradictory in displaying or deploying both racists discourses and non-racist, liberal discourses.
  3. See how resistance to institutional constraints, the school, working class identity and white identity all intersect.


In this video Karl explains in detail how he analysed some passages of his interivews with school children. He explains how he establised a biographical categorisation for each child and the explored how they positioned themselves. He shows how two girls, in particular, deploy both racist and liberal (non) racist discourses in contradictory ways and how, in intersecting ways, they also show a working class resistance to the school institutional mechanisms. He explains that in order to identify these discourses he would take a particular identity of one of the children and then re-read the text repeatedly to see how they were deploying discourses..



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