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The Resource Progressive dystopia : abolition, antiblackness, and schooling in San Francisco, Savannah Shange, (electronic resource)

Progressive dystopia : abolition, antiblackness, and schooling in San Francisco, Savannah Shange, (electronic resource)

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Progressive dystopia : abolition, antiblackness, and schooling in San Francisco
Title
Progressive dystopia
Title remainder
abolition, antiblackness, and schooling in San Francisco
Statement of responsibility
Savannah Shange
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Savannah Shange's PROGRESSIVE DYSTOPIA is an activist ethnography of Robeson Justice Academy, a progressive Black and Brown school in San Francisco, which despite its commitments to social justice ends up replicating anti-Blackness. Black students are more likely to be punished, and progressive 'wins' at the school can come at a cost to Black San Francisco residents. Shange worked at the school for seven years. Moving through different registers-- Black English, neighborhood dialects, academic prose, and ethnography-- the book attends to the tensions between coalition, anti-blackness, and the state, theorizing events at the school in the context of the long afterlives of slavery. The book opens with an analysis of how the 'our' of 'our lives matter' is raced, gendered, and classed, introducing the concept of 'abolitionist anthropology.' Chapter 2 introduces readers to the methods Shange used during her fieldwork, describing the attempted takeover of the governing council of Robeson Justice Academy by elite white gentrifiers. The chapter illuminates the tension between Robeson's social justice mission and state bureaucracy. In the next chapter Shange continues her analysis of the contemporary school space as a strategy and a site of struggle. Chapter 4 analyzes Robeson's use of critical race scholarship to help teachers manage student behavior, but notes the links between Reconstruction Era approaches to policing and management of school hallway behavior. Shange considers time and space as strategies, situating the 'slacking' or hallway relaxation of the students as a revolutionary act that reshapes the content of time to their own interests, since they do not have a place to seize time otherwise. Restlessness is an embodied abolitionist practice. In this chapter, by being out of pocket, these young students remind us of the painful naivete of respectability as a strategy for Black citizenship. Chapter 5 continues this theme, centering on the exclusion of Black girlhood from the boundaries of humanity, highlighting how the state manages dissent and misreads the actions of young Black women. The final chapter, told in three parts, is about a racially charged fight that occurred between Black and Latinx students and the efforts toward reconciliation that followed, and explains the co-optation of Xicanx nationalism. The final chapter summarizes the ways various readers have engaged with Shange's work throughout its formation. PROGRESSIVE DYSTOPIA makes a crucial contribution to activist scholarship, and situates it as a corrective to other kinds of scholarship formation and, in particular, anti-blackness. This book will be of interest to scholars in African American studies, anthropology, sociology, American studies and gender studies. The book will also be widely read among social justice and school reform activists"--
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1980-
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Shange, Savannah
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Robeson Justice Academy (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • African Americans
  • Social justice and education
  • Racism in education
  • Discrimination in education
  • Educational equalization
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Progressive dystopia : abolition, antiblackness, and schooling in San Francisco, Savannah Shange, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ssj0002256611
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (pages cm)
Form of item
online
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Isbn
9781478006688
Lccn
2019034190
Specific material designation
remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0002256611
Label
Progressive dystopia : abolition, antiblackness, and schooling in San Francisco, Savannah Shange, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ssj0002256611
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (pages cm)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9781478006688
Lccn
2019034190
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0002256611

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