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Jon A. Shields and Joshua M. Dunn Sr.

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199863051

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863051.001.0001

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The Bias Debate

The Bias Debate

(p.63) 3 The Bias Debate
Passing on the Right

Jon A. Shields

Joshua M. Dunn Sr.

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews research on political bias in academia. The best evidence suggests discrimination at the point of hiring and promotion certainly does not account for the dominance of liberals in the professoriate. Nonetheless, much evidence suggests that conservatives confront real discrimination, especially from those on the cultural right. But regardless of how one interprets the debate over systemic political discrimination in academia, professors on the right must manage the stigma of being a conservative-or what sociologist Erving Goffman called a "spoiled" professional identity.

Keywords:   disparate impact, political bias, stigma, professional typing, sociology of knowledge, religious conservatives, culture wars

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