Title

Acquiring Double Images: White Preservice Teachers Locating Themselves in a Raced World

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

In this article, Barbara Seidl and Stephen Hancock introduce the concept of a double image, which they argue is central to the development of a mature, antiracist identity for White people. Similar in some ways to Dubois’s (1903) concept of double consciousness, a double image is a sensibility or consciousness that gives White people a deeper understanding of how they are seen and raced by others, particularly People of Color. Drawing on eight years as antiracist teacher educators, Seidl and Hancock demonstrate how White preservice teachers in a cross-cultural internship begin to develop a double image, the obstacles they come across, and the pedagogies that can assist them in this process.