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

Dyson, Simon Martin, Atkin, Karl, Culley, Lorraine and Dyson, Sue E. (2013) 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. ISSN 0141-9870

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted: 21 May 2013. Published online: 26 Jul 2013.
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 12645
Notes on copyright: 18 months embargo on postprint.
Depositing User: Sue Dyson
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2013 05:27
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2019 01:04
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12645

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