Article

Tracing Family, Teaching Race: Critical Race Pedagogy in the Millennial Sociology Classroom

Author / Creator
Mueller, Jennifer C.
Part of
Teaching sociology, 2013, Vol.41 (2), p.172-187
DOI
10.1177/0092055X12455135
Summary
  • The "millennial" historical moment presents fresh dilemmas for race-critical instructors. In addition to being well-versed in colorblind racial discourse, millennial students are socialized in a pop-cultural milieu that implies a more integrated, racially egalitarian world than exists in reality and includes claims that U.S. society is now "post-racial." Millennial enthusiastic consumption of race in an era of seeming progress leads them to assume an ever greater social distance between their generation and the relics of those they consider "real" racists, as well as between the former eras of de jure white supremacy and the more racially meritocratic structure they presume exists today. In light of such obstacles, race-critical instructors must employ creative strategies to help students understand and identify their connections to larger, structural matters that create and sustain racial inequality at the systemic level. I introduce one successful approach, where students examine the social reproduction of racial inequality by tracing their family histories of wealth and capital acquisition and transfer.

Date
2013-04-01
Publication
Teaching sociology
Volume
41
Issue
2
Pages
172-187
Peer-reviewed
Yes (Scholarly)
Language
English
Publisher
SAGE Publications
ISSN
0092-055X
EISSN
1939-862X
DOI
10.1177/0092055X12455135
CODEN
TCSCAF

  • SAGE Premier 2016
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • JSTOR Arts & Sciences IV
  • JSTOR Archive Complimentary Collection

Subjects

  • African Americans
  • Classrooms
  • College instruction
  • Colors
  • Consumption
  • Creativity
  • Cultures and civilizations
  • Discourse
  • Egalitarianism
  • Ethnic relations. Racism
  • Families
  • Family
  • Family history
  • Hispanic Americans
  • History and organization of sociology
  • History, theory and methodology
  • Income inequality
  • Inequality
  • Millennials
  • Minority & ethnic groups
  • Organization of profession, research and teaching. Deontology. Sociology of sociology. Epistemology
  • Parents
  • Pedagogy
  • Race
  • Racial inequalities
  • Racism
  • Reproduction
  • Social Distance
  • Social inequality
  • Social reproduction
  • Society
  • Sociology
  • Students
  • Supremacy
  • Teachers
  • Teaching
  • Wealth
  • White people
  • White supremacists
  • White Supremacy