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Abstract

Using the story of a fight between an African American male student and a white male student in a high school classroom, I trace not only the raced and classed actors involved, but also the story of my sense making as a practicing teacher and researcher. Drawing on the concept of intersectionality, I show how a story that seems as simple as a racist white student and a reactionary African American student is far more nuanced and complex. Finally, I discuss what this complexity means for us as researchers of our own practice, and find that intersectionality as a theoretical tool can give us as researchers and practitioners new found insights into processes of oppression as well as into our own practice.

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