Obama's American Graduation Initiative: Race, Conservative Modernization, and a Logic of Abstraction Article

Kuntz, AM, Gildersleeve, RE, Pasque, PA. (2011). Obama's American Graduation Initiative: Race, Conservative Modernization, and a Logic of Abstraction . 86(5), 488-505. 10.1080/0161956X.2011.616130

cited authors

  • Kuntz, AM; Gildersleeve, RE; Pasque, PA

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abstract

  • The American Graduation Initiative stands as the cornerstone of the Obama administration's higher education agenda. To investigate the state of the politics of education in the Age of Obama, this article employs critical discourse analysis to unveil the hidden meanings and ideological commitments inherent in Obama's policy discourse. Read within and against the backdrop of what Apple (2006) called the era of conservative modernization, Obama's policy discourse relies on a logic of abstraction that serves to promote a falsely "postracial" society in which hegemonic notions of education are perpetuated. © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

publication date

  • November 1, 2011

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 488

end page

  • 505

volume

  • 86

issue

  • 5