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Fragmented ideologies: Accounts of educational failure and positive discrimination

Potter, Jonathan and Wetherell, Margaret (1989). Fragmented ideologies: Accounts of educational failure and positive discrimination. Text - Interdiciplinary Journal for the Study of Discourse, 9(2) pp. 175–190.

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This paper reports a discourse analytic study which forms part of a larger project concerned with the way white majority group members in New Zealand make sense of race and ‘race relations’. Its focus is on accounts of educational inequality and criticisms of positive discrimination programmes. The analysis documents (a) the way talk on these topics is produced using pre-existing resources (the ‘togetherness repertoire’ and the ‘meritocratic model of education’); (b) the way it subtly orientates to pragmatic constraints such as issues of potential blame and justification; (c) the fragmented nature of participants’ ordinary reasoning about social issues.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 1989 Mouton de Gruyter
ISSN: 1613-4117
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 24369
Depositing User: Margaret Wetherell
Date Deposited: 09 May 2011 13:44
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:48
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