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ERIC Number: EJ953262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 86
ISSN: ISSN-0161-956X
Debating Affirmative Action: Politics, Media, and Equal Opportunity in a "Postracial" America
Paguyo, Christina H.; Moses, Michele S.
Peabody Journal of Education, v86 n5 p553-579 2011
This article explores how race-conscious education policy is interpreted in the political landscape of a "postracial" America. Based on a qualitative media analysis of the press coverage surrounding Amendment 46, an antiaffirmative action initiative, we examine language, statistics, and messages leveraged by advocates and critics of the ballot measure. We argue that despite using some of the same data sources, terms, and concepts, proponents and opponents of Amendment 46 proposed divergent policies. We analyzed this phenomenon vis-a-vis the framework of conflicting racial projects (Omi & Winant, 1994), moral paradigms of race (Loury, 2002), and interpretations of equality of educational opportunity (Howe, 1997). Arguably, the public's understanding of race-conscious education policies relies in part on opportunities for researchers, journalists, and the public to deliberate about issues related to race. We conclude with some recommendations for fostering more communication and understanding based in deliberative democratic theory (Gutmann & Thompson, 1996, 2004). (Contains 1 figure, 4 tables, and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado