Knaus Book Wins National Award

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"Whiteness is the New South Africa" has been given the 2016 Philip A. Chinn Multicultural Book Award by the National Association for Multicultural Education.

Cover of new book by Dr. Christopher B. Knaus.A book co-authored by Education Professor Christopher B. Knaus has been selected to receive the 2016 Philip A. Chinn Multicultural Book Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME).

Whiteness is the New South Africa: Qualitative Research on Post-Apartheid Racism was written by Knaus and M. Christopher Brown, executive vice president and provost of the Southern University System.

The book explores education in South Africa in the era following the end of apartheid. According to a summary provided by the publisher (Peter Lang Publishing Inc.), “No matter how examined, education in South Africa remains steadfastly unequal, with many White children retaining the educational privileges inherent to apartheid. White children in South Africa overwhelmingly attend wealthy, fully resources schools, while the vast majority of Black and Coloured children attend woefully underresourced schools.”

NAME was founded in 1990 and describes itself as “the premier national and international organization that is committed to issues of equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice in schooling.” The organization’s annual book award is named for Philip C. Chinn, professor emeritus at California State University, Los Angeles, who is a leading scholar in the multicultural education movement.

Chris Knaus was the founding director of UW Tacoma’s first doctoral-level degree program, the Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.). From his faculty profile: “As a race scholar, critical race theory practitioner, educator and community advocate, Dr. Knaus conducts research and hands-on projects that examine the local and global impact of school systems and related policies on communities of color.”

Written by: 
John Burkhardt / November 17, 2016
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