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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
Discipline: Anthropology
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
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
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/34558
Rights Information: Copyright 2012 Teresa Marie Ramos.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-09-18
Date Deposited: 2012-08
 

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