DisCrit-Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory in Education by David J. Connor
This groundbreaking volume brings together major figures in Disability Studies in Education (DSE) and Critical Race Theory (CRT) to explore some of today’s most important issues in education. Scholars examine the achievement/opportunity gaps from both historical and contemporary perspectives, as well as the overrepresentation of minority students in special education and the school-to-prison pipeline. Chapters also address school reform and the impact on students based on race, class, and dis/ability and the capacity of law and policy to include (and exclude). Readers will discover how some students are included (and excluded) within schools and society, why some citizens are afforded expanded (or limited) opportunities in life, and who moves up in the world and who is trapped at the “bottom of the well.”
Contributors: D.L. Adams, Susan Baglieri, Stephen J. Ball, Alicia Broderick, Kathleen M. Collins, Nirmala Erevelles, Edward Fergus, Zanita E. Fenton, David Gillborn, Kris Guitiérrez, Kathleen A. King Thorius, Elizabeth Kozleski, Zeus Leonardo, Claustina Mahon-Reynolds, Elizabeth Mendoza, Christina Paguyo, Laurence Parker, Nicola Rollock, Paolo Tan, Sally Tomlinson, and Carol Vincent
“With a stunning set of authors, this book provokes outrage and possibility at the rich intersection of critical race, class, and disability studies, refracting back on educational policy and practices, inequities and exclusions but marking also spaces for solidarities. This volume is a must-read for preservice, and long-term educators, as the fault lines of race, (dis)ability, and class meet in the belly of educational reform movements and educational justice struggles.”
—Michelle Fine, distinguished professor of Critical Psychology and Urban Education, The Graduate Center, CUNY
“Offers those who sincerely seek to better understand the complexity of the intersection of race/ethnicity, dis/ability, social class, and gender a stimulating read that sheds new light on the root of some of our long-standing societal and educational inequities.”
—Wanda J. Blanchett, distinguished professor and dean, Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education
Yong on Connor and Annamma, 'DisCrit - Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory in Education'
DisCrit: Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory in Education is an exciting and important beginning of what I hope will be an ongoing, intentionally interdisciplinary exploration and conversation at and about the intersection of disability and race in Western, Eurocentric culture. Using the analytical tools and thinking from two blossoming academic fields, critical race theory and Disability Studies, editors Subini Annamma, Beth Ferri, and David Connor, along with individual chapter authors, dive deeply and spiritedly into waters in which ideologies of disability and race are difficult to separate except at something equivalent to the molecular level. Their attention is focused on how disability-race—these things that we see as separate really are two sides of a single ideological coin, aren't they? What is perhaps most powerful about Discrit is the emerging and striking energy that Subini Annamma brings to the work. Her voice is especially clearly heard, and felt, in the text's introduction and opening chapter. And Connor and Ferri honor the importance of Annamma's contribution to their collective action and scholarship in the final paragraph of the book, noting "the audacity and boldness of her vision and confidence as a young scholar" and that "she should be credited with coining the term Discrit" p. THAT'S cool.