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Title:Chief Illiniwek: understanding the controversial discourse and the politics of power
Author(s):Morales, Socorro E.
Advisor(s):Anderson, James D.
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Chief Illiniwek
Tribal Critical Race Theory
Critical Race Theory
Native American sports mascots
Abstract:Prominent discourses surrounding the Chief Illiniwek mascot controversy on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, between the years of 2000-2007, will be examined using textual analysis. Utilizing Tribal Critical Race Theory as a guiding framework for the analysis, various materials have been collected (websites, newspapers, testimonials, and personal experience), and subsequently analyzed. The aim of this project is to uncover how these discourses were being framed, who supported them, how students of color experienced their campus racial climate during this controversy, and lastly how the university played a role in perpetuating the use of stereotypical imagery on campus. Suggestions and recommendations that the university should take into consideration in order to effectively address the Chief Illiniwek mascot issue are also presented as concluding remarks.
Issue Date:2011-08-25
Rights Information:Copyright 2011 Socorro Morales
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-25
Date Deposited:2011-08

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