‘Race was a motivating factor’:Re-segregated schools in the American states

Johnson, Richard and King, Desmond (2018) ‘Race was a motivating factor’:Re-segregated schools in the American states. Journal of International Comparative Social Policy. pp. 75-95. ISSN 2169-978X

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During the Obama presidency, Republicans made major gains in state legislative elections, especially in the South and the Midwest. Republicans’ control grew from 13 legislatures in 2009 to 32 in 2017. A major but largely unexamined consequence of this profound shift in state-level partisan control was the resurgence of efforts to re-segregate public education. We examine new re-segregation policies, especially school district secession and anti-busing laws, which have passed in these states. We argue that the marked reversal in desegregation patterns and upturn in re-segregated school education is part of the Republican Party’s anti-civil rights and anti-federal strategies, dressed up in the ideological language of colour-blindness.

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Journal of International Comparative Social Policy
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy on 26/09/2018, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21699763.2018.1526701
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