Class vs. Race

In a post entitled “Ethnographic study: Why the education system fails white working-class children” on :: ::, Lorenz blogs about class as a forgotten issue in our culture (or at least in the educational system in the UK). This post caught my eye as I’ve been writing a synthesis of how archaeologists have dealt with race and class as analytical constructs…I have found myself incorporating elements of John Hartigan’s Odd Tribes, despite that I still attempt to take an deliberate anti-racist stance (and thus attempt to keep race at the center of my work)…I’m still analyzing my theoretical position(s), but you can take a look at the post and see what you think….below is a snippet.

“Our politicians are so obsessed by race that they have forgotten the importance of class”, writes Daily Telegraph journalist Andrew Gimson and points to a new book by anthropologist Gillian Evans called Educational Failure and Working-Class White Children in Britain.

Evans conducted fieldwork in families of boys who were highly disruptive at school. Among other things, she documents the importance of class and institutional class prejudices…read the rest of the post here.

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