This Is a Story About a Blue Line: Race and Bodies Colliding in the Hallway
This paper explores how women teachers remember stories about gender, race, and bodies, with attention to one memory about a white woman teacher and male student colliding in the hallway. Utilizing collective memory work (CMW) methods (Davies & Gannon, 2006; Haug, 1987, 1999), nine secondary English teachers and one teacher educator (all women) wrote memories, analyzed them, and drew on critical and post-structural theories of race and embodiment to understand how discourses are constructed through the stories we tell about our teacher bodies. The exploration of this memory allowed us to critically analyze the social, cultural, and historical discourses of gender, race, and whiteness that shape our work and identities as women teachers.
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