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ERIC Number: EJ1071862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Public Discourse versus Public Policy: Latinas/os, Affirmative Action, and the Court of Public Opinion
Ledesma, María C.
Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, v9 n1 p57-72 2015
The purpose of this article is to highlight the power of popular discourse in shaping public policy debates concerning educational access and opportunity for historically marginalized and minoritized students, especially for Latinas/os. I argue that proponents of race-conscious policies would do well to challenge the elimination of affirmative action by employing a more critical approach to discourse consumption, one which interrogates, historicizes, and contextualizes the often truncated and/or deceptive narratives relied upon by critics of affirmative action, to call for the end of all race-conscious social policy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Gratz et al v Bollinger et al; Grutter et al v Bollinger et al; Proposition 187 (California 1994); Proposition 209 (California 1996); Proposition 227 (California 1998)
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