Imagining Policy [Data] Differently

  • Wanda S. PillowEmail author
Part of the Education Policy & Social Inequality book series (EPSI, volume 1)


This chapter articulates a call to attend to how policy imagines, or cannot imagine, futures. Utilizing examples from a policy table focused on increasing Black young parents education success, Pillow demonstrates the necessity to trace how data matter in policy formation. Situating this work within a context of education debt and data deficits, Pillow takes seriously Webb and Gulson’s petition to reinvigorate policy studies in ways that account for embodied materialities. Troubled by the incapacity to think Black youth futures outside of temporal and structural constraints, Pillow focuses on questions of how policy creates feelings about young parents and turns to Afrofuturism theorizing to identify and rethink policy construction limitations. The chapter concludes with consideration of what it might look like to imagine policy data and futures differently and the need for continued emphasis in this area.


Policy Scientificity Teen Pregnancy Young Mother Policy Study Policy Future 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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