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Interests and Opportunities
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In the late 1960s, colleges and universities became deeply embroiled in issues of racial equality. Hundreds of new programs were introduced to address the needs of “high-risk” minority and low-income students. In the years since, university policies have flip-flopped between calls to address minority needs and arguments to maintain “Standard English.” Today, anti-affirmative action and anti-access sentiments have put many of these programs in danger. Interests and Opportunities chronicles debates over writing programs for “high-risk” students on the national level and, locally, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Using the critical race theorist Derrick Bell’s concept of “interest convergence,” Steve Lamos shows that these programs were promoted or derailed according to how and when they fit the interests of underrepresented minorities and mainstream whites (administrators and academics). To Lamos, understanding the past dynamics of convergence and divergence is key to formulating new strategies of local action and “story-changing” that can preserve and expand race consciousness and high-risk writing instruction, even in adverse political climates.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. 1. The Development and Evolution of High-Risk Writing Instruction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 2. The Late 1960s and Early 1970s: Coming to Terms with Racial Crisis
  2. pp. 21-55
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  1. 3. The Mid-1970s: Literacy Crisis Meets Color Blindness
  2. pp. 56-85
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  1. 4. The Late 1970s and Early 1980s: Competence Concerns in the Age of Bakke
  2. pp. 86-116
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  1. 5. The Late 1980s and Early 1990s: Culture Wars and the Politics of Identity
  2. pp. 117-150
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  1. 6. The Late 1990s to the Present: The End of an Era?
  2. pp. 151-178
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 179-192
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 193-212
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-220
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  1. Back Cover
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