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Introduction-The Usual Suspects: Struggles for 'Difference' and 'Equality' in Education

The conference papers dealt variously with the impact of Right-wing politics on different anti-oppression pedagogies, equity policies, and nontraditional programs (e.g., women's studies, gay and lesbian studies). We discussed how backlash politics worked to ensure: (1) the self-censorship of our political beliefs; (2) the derisive formal and/or informal evaluations from unsympathetic students and colleagues; (3) the regulatory and disciplining functions and boundaries of our disciplines; and (4) the retrenchment of material and political support for particular programs or curricular initiatives to which we were committed.