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Is the Sky Falling? Conservative Groups on Campus and the Potential for Critical Debate


by Melissa Weiner — May 16, 2005

Educational institutions are frequently sites of contention and political struggles. In the midst of a national crisis in which many public universities are under-funded, affirmative action is consistently challenged and the President of Harvard University publicly argues that women are less suited to certain academic subjects than men, the categories of class, race, and gender are only three of the ideological and identity-based struggles that are consistently in the news. Following the most recent election and the growing attention to an alleged national polarization of red states and blue states, it is not surprising that college campuses are increasingly sites of similar ideological debates.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 16, 2005
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11870, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 1:40:48 AM

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  • Melissa Weiner
    University of Minnesota
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    MELISSA F. WEINER is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Minnesota. Her interest areas include race and ethnicity, education, social movements, and historical sociology. She is currently working to complete her dissertation which examines identity narratives in the context of protests by Jews, in the 1910s and 1920s, and Blacks, in the 1950s, against the New York City public schools.
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