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Obama's American Graduation Initiative: Race, Conservative Modernization, and a Logic of Abstraction

Aaron M. Kuntz ; Ryan Evely Gildersleeve ; Penny A. Pasque

Peabody journal of education, 2011-01-01, Vol.86 (5), p.488-505 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Obama's American Graduation Initiative: Race, Conservative Modernization, and a Logic of Abstraction
  • Author: Aaron M. Kuntz ; Ryan Evely Gildersleeve ; Penny A. Pasque
  • Subjects: Abstract logic ; Political discourse analysis ; Conservatism ; Colleges ; Higher education ; Education ; College students ; Community colleges ; Graduations ; Economic liberalism
  • Is Part Of: Peabody journal of education, 2011-01-01, Vol.86 (5), p.488-505
  • Description: The American Graduation Initiative stands as the cornerstone of the Obama administration's higher education agenda. To investigate the state of the politics of education in the Age of Obama, this article employs critical discourse analysis to unveil the hidden meanings and ideological commitments inherent in Obama's policy discourse. Read within and against the backdrop of what Apple (2006) called the era of conservative modernization, Obama's policy discourse relies on a logic of abstraction that serves to promote a falsely "postracial" society in which hegemonic notions of education are perpetuated.
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0161-956X
    EISSN: 1532-7930
    DOI: 10.1080/0161956X.2011.616130

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