Affirmative action and education in Fiji: Legitimation, contestation, and colonial discourse

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Abstract

In this article, Carmen M. White analyzes the debate about affirmative action policies in education in Fiji and explores the impact of colonial discourses on the debates. She asserts that, much like in the United States, affirmative action policies in Fiji have been intended to correct past injustices to minority and underprivileged groups. She shows how proponents of affirmative action use a colonial discourse that undercuts the power of their argument and yet paradoxically fails to acknowledge the historical roots of the lower educational attainment of the Fijian population. In considering similarities of debate on this issue between the United States and Fiji, White offers an additional perspective from which to understand the affirmative action debate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-268
Number of pages29
JournalHarvard Educational Review
Volume71
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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