Affirmative Action, Hate Speech, and Tenure: Narratives About Race and Law in the Academy

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Uniquely positioned as both a scholar and an attorney, Benjamin Baez studies some of the most controversial legal cases effecting education today. He specifically analyzes the legal issues and literature surrounding three seemingly different practices in the academy: affirmative action in college admissions and employment, hate speech and censorship, and promotion and tenure decisions. Although colleges and universities are increasingly trying to diversify their faculty and student body, in their actual practices, they have continued to adhere to traditional academic values. This glaring disparity between professed beliefs and actual practice has there by set the stage for legal challenges from individuals from traditionally excluded groups. With his unusual perspective, Baez provides a thought-provoking exploration on the current debate surrounding race and academic institutions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415929646
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/14/2001
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Baez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He received his Ph.D. and law degree from Syracuse University. He has published articles and monographs on academic freedom, affirmative action, race service, racism, religion, sexual harassment, and tenure.

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Table of Contents

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1 Race and Law in the Academy: Hate Speech, Tenure, and Affirmative Action 1
2 Discourse, Ideology, and Power: Discursive Practices in Academe and Law 19
3 Hate Speech and the Power of Words 35
4 Tenure and Intentions 59
5 The Stories We Tell: Law, Race, and Affirmative Action 95
6 Race and the Politics of the Axiomatic 143
Appendices 159
Notes 165
References 189
Index 199
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