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Title:Managing racial risk in the U.S. university of the twenty-first century: racial theme parties, administrative management, and strategic resistance
Author(s):Ramos, Teresa
Director of Research:Abelmann, Nancy A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Abelmann, Nancy A.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Cacho, Lisa M.; Lugo, Alejandro; Parker, Laurence J.; Rana, Junaid
Department / Program:Anthropology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Racial Theme Parties
Higher Education
Racial Risk-Management
Abstract:My dissertation investigated how incidents of racism were managed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the affect on students and administrators. I examined four ethnographic episodes on campus: 1) the racial theme party, Tacos and Tequila, 2) the retirement of Chief Illiniwek, 3) the “Next Dance,” an annual mock-Chief Illiniwek performance held on University Property by a registered student organization and 4) the vandalism of public art work by Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap Of Birds (Cheyenne-Arapaho). I found that university administrators managed racism as racial-risk—that is the legal and financial liability that emerges from university governance dictated by the logics of corporate neoliberalism that influence U.S. law and culture. These observable racial-risk management strategies serve to control populations of student dissenters on campus by institutionalizing dissent in order to commodify it for profit.
Issue Date:2012-09-18
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Teresa Marie Ramos.
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-09-18
Date Deposited:2012-08

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