The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities (Hardback)Natasha K. Warikoo (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
--Rose Courteau "Atlantic "
"Highlights a persistent question facing diversity efforts in higher education: how do universities make the case for diversity in the highly selective, competitive, and rigorous environments that define them as elite institutions? . . . Many institutions have embedded the diversity bargain in their own marketing for multicultural programming. The author provocatively laments that by adopting such rhetoric, universities--and the students that they influence--may limit their ability to make real social change."
"Elite university students have the prospect to be future leaders and to shape policy in our global society. As Natasha Warikoo notes in The Diversity Bargain, these students' ideas about race and meritocracy provide us with glimpses into the future as well as reminders of ongoing debates around affirmative action. Drawing upon interviews with students from Brown, Harvard, and Oxford, the author details their interconnected 'race frames'--interpretive ideas about the role of race in elite universities and society more broadly--and the prevalence of color blindness, a common frame and ideology surrendering race and racism to irrelevancy in the present day."--American Journal of Sociology
"The Diversity Bargain and Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities, offers a fascinating, erudite and scholarly study. . . . Through interviews with dozens of students at four elite universities in the US and UK, she explores the nuances of their perspectives on these issues [of diversity]. She also looks at different diversity-oriented programming offered at these campuses, and the varying impacts they have on the frames through which students understand their respective 'diversity bargains'."
"[Warikoo] artfully incorporates research that exhibits the structural inequalities that exist for racial and ethnic minorities throughout her book....The Diversity Bargain offers a fresh and incisive perspective on one of the most heated and enduring social justice issues of the twenty-first-century."--Teachers College Record
"[H]ow do undergraduates think about issues of race, merit, and opportunity? This is the central question in The Diversity Bargain....Through these interviews, Warikoo builds a typology for how students perceive race (termed 'race frames') and examines how these frameworks vary across the demographic groups of interviewed students. These frames are some of the most compelling aspects of this book, demonstrating the variety and complexity of students' perceptions surrounding race at highly selective universities."
--Administrative Science Quarterly
"Students at elite universities may see themselves as 'winners, ' but even they at times need to rationalize their elite status. That Warikoo shows us how a concept of diversity is recruited into a meritocratic justification is The Diversity Bargain's main contribution to higher education studies."--Journal of College Student Retention
"If evidence were needed that tomorrow's leaders do not enter college with the racial knowledge they need to guide the United States and United Kingdom through a turbulent time in our racial histories, The Diversity Bargain provides it. The book shows that white nationalism is not required to protect systems of white supremacy in ostensibly democratic societies. All it takes is leaders turning a blind eye to the pervasiveness of antidemocratic frames that quietly reinforce racial hierarchies."--Political Science Quarterly
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