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Recent Findings from Kent State University Has Provided New Information about Social Science

June 6, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Research findings on Science are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting from Kent, Ohio, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Although the U.S. population is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse, research indicates that minority participation in the arts continues to decline. This article addresses the racial disparity of public art museum attendance by examining the role of the art museum curator and the process by which concepts of race are reproduced within the space of the public art museum."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Kent State University, "Utilizing Bourdieu's theories of cultural reproduction, social space, and symbolic power as a preliminary framework of inquiry, we examine the concept of whiteness as privileged social construct. Through face-to-face in-depth interviews with museum curators, we investigate the means by which the dominant cultural narrative of whiteness is maintained through the preferences, decisions, and social interactions of curators. We draw upon critical white studies, a part of critical race theory, to underline the manner in which whiteness presents itself as a position of dominance."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Our findings show that whiteness is maintained through the process of exclusion by presenting the white cultural narrative as both ordinary and invisible."

For more information on this research see: Curating Inequality: The Link between Cultural Reproduction and Race in the Visual Arts*. Sociological Inquiry, 2014;84(2):238-263. Sociological Inquiry can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell -; Sociological Inquiry -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A. Blackwood, Kent State University, Dept. of Sociol, Kent, OH 44242, United States (see also Science).

Keywords for this news article include: Kent, Ohio, Science, United States, North and Central America

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