Disciplinary containment: whiteness and the academic scarcity narrative

Lisa A. Flores, Logan Rae Gomez

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Amid rising controversy around the alleged distinctions between merit and excellence lies a familiar refrain, scarcity. The narrative of academic scarcity, proclaiming the insufficient numbers of scholars and academics of color, permeates conversations in higher education. We suggest that the academic scarcity narrative, a remnant of stagnant logics of diversity, circulates as a contemporary mechanism of what we name disciplinary containment. Extending disciplinary conversations around rhetorical containment, we argue that disciplinary containment perpetuates whiteness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-242
Number of pages7
JournalCommunication and Critical/ Cultural Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication

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