Harvard Educational Review
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    Curricular Countermovements

    How White Parents Mounted a Popular Challenge to Ethnic Studies

    Ethan Chang
    In this critical ethnography, Ethan Chang investigates how white parent-activists organized an oppositional movement to ethnic studies. Drawing on critical whiteness studies, cultural studies, and studies of countermovements, he argues that these parents crafted an oppositional narrative that positioned white, Christian, American boys as victims of ethnic studies curricula. Chang then traces how the parents leveraged this narrative to forge a coalition with disability advocates and to “digitally suture,” or bind, their local ethnic studies countermovement to broader right-wing populist activism. Data includes eleven months of participant observation, 146 public school board testimonies, and twenty ethnographic interviews. The article concludes with a discussion of how studies of curricular countermovements might inform scholarly and activist attempts to divest from whiteness and make ethnic studies available to all students.

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    Ethan Chang (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8242-3984) is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. His research extends collaborative, community-based research—a methodology that aims to produce knowledge that emanates from and is answerable to nondominant families and youth. He is also interested in learning design and leadership development informed by critical race and ethnic studies.
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    Summer 2022 Issue

    Abstracts

    Curricular Countermovements
    How White Parents Mounted a Popular Challenge to Ethnic Studies
    Ethan Chang

    Book Notes

    Civic Education in the Age of Mass Migration
    Angela M. Banks

    How the Word Is Passed
    Clint Smith

    Minds Wide Shut
    Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro