White Girls, Schooling, and the White Heteropatriarchal State: A thesis in two parts
Abstract: Chapter one of this thesis draws on Castagno's (2016) conception of "Niceness" as a process that protects and normalizes racialized oppression. We articulate an understanding of structural Niceness central to intra-White practices of structural dominance, particularly in the intersections of White supremacy and heteropatriarchy. Specifically we look at this practice through the experiences ... read moreof four White girls who experience school-based state Niceness, which adheres to institutional practices of benevolence. In chapter two, I offer a theory to articulate state abuse: institutional gaslighting, which explains the coercive production of girls' self-doubt within schools. I articulate this theory in part by telling a story about a White, bisexual girl named River, who experienced internal school push-out from the Trade programs of Autoshop to Cosmetology. I draw upon feminist theorists who have situated heteropatriarchy within the state and have articulated theories of state violence and consider the endemic nature of systemic oppression. I articulate institutional gaslighting as a tactic of state abuse at the structural level. Rather than pushing students out of school, institutional gaslighting strengthens a coercive relationship between girls and the state through preserving the connection to school and bolstering its benevolent function.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2018.
Submitted to the Dept. of Education.
Advisor: Sabina Vaught.
Committee: Shameka Powell, and Thomas Abowd.
Keywords: Education, Gender studies, and Women's studies.read less