Resisting Altruism: How Systematic Power and Privilege Become Personal in One-on-One Community Tutoring

Beth Godbee


In this qualitative case study of one tutoring relationship, I present new data
on the extracurriculum; investigate tutoring as it occurs in community
spaces; and argue that individuals can connect across systematic inequalities
through personal conversations around picture books, photographs, and
other visual and textual materials. Rather than ignore individual positioning
within institutionalized power and privilege, tutors and writers can strengthen
relationships and make tutoring more effective by evaluating how the systematic becomes personal and intimately known in one-on-one conferencing.

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