Critical realism, agency and sickle cell: case studies of young people with sickle cell disorder at school

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Dyson, S., Atkin, K., Culley, L. and Dyson, S. 2014. Critical realism, agency and sickle cell: case studies of young people with sickle cell disorder at school. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 37 (13), pp. 2379-2398. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2013.809130
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TitleCritical realism, agency and sickle cell: case studies of young people with sickle cell disorder at school
AuthorsDyson, S., Atkin, K., Culley, L. and Dyson, S.
Abstract

Critical realism suggests that historical structures may operate as underlying generative mechanisms but not always be activated. This explains the near-absence of references to racism by black students with sickle cell disorder (SCD). Through case studies we show how latent mechanisms are not activated, and how social actors come to develop corporate agency. Themes discussed include: wider/historical racisms (carers' own experiences of overt racism at school); conscious actions (moving away from a school where racism was experienced); naming racism as an emergent strategy (when communal discussions enable multiple negative experiences to be framed and named as racism); and `passing` (not ostensibly experiencing racism if one is sufficiently light-skinned). Critical realism suggests how racism may be structuring the experiences of students with SCD at school even in the absence of specific accounts by young people.

PublisherRoutledge
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
ISSN0141-9870
Electronic1466-4356
Publication dates
Online26 Jul 2013
Print10 Nov 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited10 Dec 2013
Accepted21 May 2013
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Copyright Statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethnic and Racial Studies on 26 Jul 2013, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01419870.2013.809130

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2013.809130
LanguageEnglish
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