Journal Article: Why Study the U.S. South? The Nexus of Race and Place in Investigating Black Student Achievement


Education, Blacks/Education, Blacks/Southern States, Student achievements, Anthropogeography


Morris, Jerome E.; Monroe, Carla R.


2009, January/February


This article highlights the significance of the U.S. South in scholarly discussions regarding the academic achievement gap involving Black students. Despite national concern, patterns embedded in Black student achievement as related to geographical influences generally are ignored, especially in the South, where the majority of Black people in the United States reside. The authors refine the scholarship on the Black-White achievement gap through an analysis of racialized national spaces and population shifts, to set forth a more comprehensive understanding of school achievement than previously existed. In elucidating the nexus between race and place and the implications for Black student achievement, the authors specifically highlight the saliency of the U.S. South as a critical -- and neglected -- site for the investigation of such issues. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.


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