U of California Repeals Affirmative Action

U of California Repeals Affirmative Action - Discourse &...

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http://das.sagepub.com Discourse & Society 2002; 13; 537 Discourse Society Candace West and Sarah Fenstermaker meeting of the University of California Board of Regents Accountability in action: the accomplishment of gender, race and class in a http://das.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/13/4/537 The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com can be found at: Discourse & Society Additional services and information for http://das.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://das.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: at UNIV OF ILLINOIS URBANA on March 30, 2009 http://das.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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ABSTRACT . In this article, we analyze the proceedings of a meeting that terminated afFrmative action policies at the University of California. Employing our recent theoretical reformulation of difference as an accomplishment, we explore participants’ means of doing gender, race and class in these deliberations. In discussing our Fndings, we call attention to their relevance for ‘formal’ and critical discourse analysis. KEY WORDS : class, conversation, gender, race Introduction On 20 July 1995, the Board of Regents of the University of California (UC) held a heavily attended and widely broadcast meeting in San ±rancisco. At this meeting, the Regents decided (by a vote of 15 to 10) to end afFrmative action in UC hiring and contracting, and (by a vote of 14 to 10, with one abstention) to end afFrma- tive action in UC admissions. The Regents’ decision was described as historic and likely to have major implications for admissions and hiring practices across the USA. 1 And, in the weeks following the decision, much public attention focused on the identities of those responsible for it. National news magazines focused on the two best-known politicians in attendance at the meeting: (former) California Governor Pete Wilson, ‘suburban avatar of the angry white male’ and the Reverend Jesse Jackson, ‘who arrived in the open-necked shirt he favors when he’s in his Third World Leader mode’ (±ineman, 1995: 30). Local newspapers focused on individual Regents, for example, ‘Ward Connerly, the black Sacramento hous- ing consultant, who, as a regent appointed by Wilson, spearheaded the move to repeal afFrmative-action programs’ (Kurtzman and Thurm, 1995: A26) and ‘UC Regent David Lee, the Chinese immigrant who runs a telecommunications equip- ment Frm in Milpitas’ (Kurtzman, 1995: A22). Quite apparently, journalists’ reports of the UC Regents’ meeting categorized ARTICLE 537 Accountability in action: the accomplishment of gender, race and class in a meeting of the University of California Board of Regents CANDACE WEST UNIVERSITY O± CALI±ORNIA , SANTA CRUZ SARAH ±ENSTERMAKER , SANTA BARBARA Discourse & Society Copyright © 2002 SAGE Publications (London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi) Vol 13(4): 537–563 [0957-9265 (200207) 13:4; 537–563; 024455] at UNIV OF ILLINOIS URBANA on March 30, 2009 http://das.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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