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Surviving Becky(s): Pedagogies for Deconstructing Whiteness and Gender (Race and Education in the Twenty-First Century) Paperback – Import, 2 July 2021
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Long before the popular aphorism, ‘Beckyisms’ have been discussed among Scholars of Color. Cheryl E. Matias provides courageous and fierce accounts of the social, political, and emotional trauma too often unleashed by Beckys―who are abundant in all spaces. This book is a mustread to decipher how whiteness operates in our education system and our society.-- Rebeca Burciaga, San José State University
Surviving Becky(s): Pedagogies for Deconstructing Whiteness and Gender is revelatory in content, revolutionary in form. Stories of white supremacy and Beckys are powerful and nuanced―every one an ode to Derrick Bell’s Faces at the Bottom of the Well. Their stories, woven with Cheryl E. Matias’ unflinching analysis, make this an invaluable read for anyone hoping to more deeply understand the accumulative ravages of racism.-- Paul Gorski, founder of the Equity Literacy Institute
Long before the popular aphorism, “Beckyisms” have been shared and discussed among Scholars of Color. In their new volume, editor Cheryl E. Matias and authors provide bold, courageous, and fierce accounts of the social, political, and emotional trauma and terror too often unleashed at the hands of Beckys – who are abundant in all social and professional spaces. Written from multiple perspectives and in different genres, these accounts prove to be woven from the same fabric. Indeed, despite geographic and racial/ethnic differences among the authors, there is a distinct constancy with the pervasive social construction of whiteness generally and Beckys in particular. These pages also contain the authors’ rich dialogues around healing and hope. This book is both a must read to decipher our understandings of how whiteness operates in our educational system and our society at large; and serves to validate the experiences of anyone who has ever confronted Beckyisms.-- Rebeca Burciaga, San José State University
About the Author
Cheryl E. Matias is full professor in the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Kentucky.
- Publisher : Lexington Books; Reprint edition (2 July 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 326 pages
- ISBN-10 : 149858764X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1498587648
- Item Weight : 522 g
- Dimensions : 15.32 x 1.96 x 21.97 cm
- Country of Origin : India
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I’m so grateful Dr. Matias and the many other authors who contributed to this work were willing to subject themselves to re-traumatization by revisiting the ways I (Becky’s) have harmed them.
I am all the Beckys in the book. Section Six still makes me weep as it hits so close to home. I don’t want to be doing this work because I want to unshackle myself from the guilt. But I can see the times I have used my activism as penance. I do not want my whiteness to get in the way and yet it does more than I truly want to acknowledge.
If I ever had the chance to speak to Dr. Matias, I’d tell her thank you for gifting me with a mirror that reflects the parts of me I was unwilling to see and willfully overlooking.