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Suddenly DiverseHow School Districts Manage Race and Inequality$
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Erica O. Turner

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226675220

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226675534.001.0001

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Globalization in the “Heartland”: Changing Contexts of US School Districts

Globalization in the “Heartland”: Changing Contexts of US School Districts

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(p.32) Chapter One Globalization in the “Heartland”: Changing Contexts of US School Districts
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Suddenly Diverse
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Erica O. Turner

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226675534.003.0002

This chapter provides a detailed examination of the interwoven demographic changes (i.e. migration, immigration, and increasing racial and ethnic diversity), economic transformations (i.e. deindustrialization, transitioning economies, and rising inequality), and political shifts (i.e. public disinvestment, competition and accountability policies, and declining support for public institutions) in the Wisconsin cities of Milltown and Fairview and across much of the United States. The chapter highlights how these changes, which are characteristic of globalization and neoliberalism, have contributed to a powerful and complex web of racial and economic inequity that were tightening around Fairview and Milltown school district leaders and their communities. It also brings into stark relief the ways these shifts have heightened the contradictions that trouble public schools across the United States. In describing these transformations and how they are woven together, the chapter illuminates the macro-conditions in which district leaders work, their decisions to adopt color-blind managerialism, and the truly significant national and global story behind the developments in these two school districts.

Keywords:   demographic change, immigration, deindustrialization, public disinvestment, neoliberalism, globalization, inequity, school districts, competition, Wisconsin

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