Holland, Megan M.
Only Here for the Day: The Social Integration of Minority Students at a Majority White High School
Seeks to understand how integration within the same school may be experienced differently by males and females, as this may potentially lead to gender variation in how students approach future integrated situations
Journal Name or Institutional Affiliation:
Sociology of Education
Vol. 85, Pp. 101-120
- Female minority students who were bused in were less satisfied with their experience at the high school than male minority students who were bused in.
- All minority-bused students expressed the sentiment that integration was their burden, and the White students had little interest in understanding their lives.
- Minority-bused males were able to socially integrate with White students due to their status as athletes and because of White boys interest in inner-city culture (e.g. rap and hip hop).
- School practices facilitated minority-bused boys integration by setting athletes up with host families in the suburb. Minority-bused girls families were less comfortable allowing them to stay with families or staying late for extracurricular activities, since they would have to take public transportation at night to return to their homes.
- Minority-bused boys sought to make themselves more approachable, while minority-bused girls did not because they did not feel valued by the schools. This approachability served to further facilitate minority-bused boys social integration into the school, while further alienating minority-bused girls.
Journal Article Empirical Research
African American, Cross Race Friendships, Desegregation, High School, Non Academic Outcomes, Voluntary Desegregation
Method of Analysis:
Black and White students at a majority White high school
Unit of Analysis:
- Participant observation lasting 5 months conducted by the author and one other researcher at a majority White high school in a suburb of a large northeastern city.
- Minority students are bused in from the center city as part of a Voluntary Desegregation Program (VDP).
- 14 small-group interviews (of 4-5 students) conducted with a total of 43 students.