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Developing the “Oppositional Gaze”: Using Critical Media Pedagogy and Black Feminist Thought to Promote Black Girls’ Identity Development

Charlotte E. Jacobs
The Journal of Negro Education
Vol. 85, No. 3, Why We Can’t Wait: (Re)Examining the Opportunities and Challenges for Black Women and Girls in Education (Summer 2016), pp. 225-238
DOI: 10.7709/jnegroeducation.85.3.0225
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7709/jnegroeducation.85.3.0225
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Developing the “Oppositional Gaze”: Using Critical Media Pedagogy and Black Feminist Thought to Promote Black Girls’ Identity Development
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Abstract

This article discusses the potential of promoting the critical consciousness and positive racial and gender identity development of adolescent Black girls through implementing a curriculum grounded in Black feminist thought and critical media pedagogy. By using bell hooks’ (1992) “oppositional gaze” concept as a frame, it argues that Black girls’ development of a critical lens and analytic skills is tied to images in the media and central to their positive development. The article draws on qualitative data from a larger phenomenological study that explores how adolescent Black girls who attend independent schools employ critical lenses to understand their experiences around race, gender, and class. This study presents vignettes that illustrate how the different components of a Black feminist critical media pedagogy curriculum come together to support the developing of the oppositional gaze of Black girls.

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