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Beyond Affirmative Action: Reframing the Context of Higher Education

reviewed by Adalberto Aguirre Jr - 2003

coverTitle: Beyond Affirmative Action: Reframing the Context of Higher Education
Author(s): Robert A. Ibarra
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press, Madison
ISBN: 0299169049 , Pages: 323, Year: 2001
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I am often apprehensive of book titles that use certain keywords such as “beyond” because they imply that the book extends itself over customary boundaries.  Beyond Affirmative Action is such a book. Beyond Affirmative Action continues the discussion regarding academia’s resistance to diversity and multicultural initiatives. Ibarra focuses on this issue by examining the micro-context of higher education, the operation of cognitive processes and social mechanisms that victimize difference by hiding diversity within organizational culture. He argues that if higher education were to accept the idea that multiple ways of seeing the world are not just competitive mindsets but have the potential of building collaborative frameworks, then higher education would become more inclusive of diversity.  As such, diversity, operating as multicontextuality, would reframe the context for higher education.   So, where does affirmative action come into play?  It doesn’t.  Beyond Affirmative Action is a very concise, comprehensive discussion on reframing the context of graduate education for Latinos.  As such, the book addresses a timely topic.  However, it does not meet the book title’s expectations... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 54-59
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10959, Date Accessed: 7/24/2021 1:31:48 PM

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  • Adalberto Aguirre Jr
    University of California-Riverside
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    ADALBERTO AGUIRRE, JR. is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. His teaching interests are in social inequality, the sociology of education, formal organizations, critical race theory and sociolinguistics. Professor Aguirre's research has focused on workplace issues for women and minority faculty, the relationship between race and death sentencing, the role of the master narrative in the social sciences, and the association between bilingual proficiency and grammatical knowledge.
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