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Both a Blessing and a Curse: How Black Graduate Students Neutralize the Stigma of Affirmative Action

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Since the publication of Sykes and Matza's (1957) article on "the techniques of neutralization" offered by delinquents to justify their delinquent behavior, much research has sought to apply their theoretical framework to analyze particular delinquent behaviors, or expanded their analysis to analyze the different excuses and justifications used by individuals. In his classic study on stigma, Goffman (1963) sought to uncover how people manage the stigma attached to spoiled identity. This paper attempts to combine these two theoretical statements by seeking to uncover how black graduate students neutralize the stigma attached to affirmative action. Findings indicate that black graduate students neutralize affirmative action stigma by 1) distancing themselves from African Americans if they are international students, 2) asserting that affirmative action programs are necessary to tackle historical and contemporary discrimination, 3) appealing to their qualifications and 4) going beyond the call of duty in their work.
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Robertson, Oral. "Both a Blessing and a Curse: How Black Graduate Students Neutralize the Stigma of Affirmative Action" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 04, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373306_index.html>

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Robertson, O. N. , 2009-11-04 "Both a Blessing and a Curse: How Black Graduate Students Neutralize the Stigma of Affirmative Action" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373306_index.html

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Abstract: Since the publication of Sykes and Matza's (1957) article on "the techniques of neutralization" offered by delinquents to justify their delinquent behavior, much research has sought to apply their theoretical framework to analyze particular delinquent behaviors, or expanded their analysis to analyze the different excuses and justifications used by individuals. In his classic study on stigma, Goffman (1963) sought to uncover how people manage the stigma attached to spoiled identity. This paper attempts to combine these two theoretical statements by seeking to uncover how black graduate students neutralize the stigma attached to affirmative action. Findings indicate that black graduate students neutralize affirmative action stigma by 1) distancing themselves from African Americans if they are international students, 2) asserting that affirmative action programs are necessary to tackle historical and contemporary discrimination, 3) appealing to their qualifications and 4) going beyond the call of duty in their work.


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