Beyond Comfort Zones in Multiculturalism: Confronting the Politics of Privilege

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For peoples whose legal agreements, treaties, and other accords and conventions with the United States have been violated, multiculturalism as a pedagogical tool often becomes suspect of reinforcing the continued reification and abstraction of their cultures and nations with little if any real meaning for educational and social transformation. The continued oppression and repression of the exercise of self-determination for African Americans; the persistence of policies aimed at the destruction of indigenous populations and land; the insidious continuation of classical colonialism in the case of Puerto Rico are all vivid reminders to these peoples of the racist, classist, sexist, and homophobic patriarchy that characterizes their status. In order to restore people's rights to fully determine their own histories, Jackson and Solis point out that it is imperative to destroy the material foundations that breed and recycle the ideology, discourse, and cultural practices of domination. It is not enough to celebrate diversity and difference; there must be grand-scale social, political, economic, and educational transformation.

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Urges educators to continue pushing against cultural barriers even when they have been adjusted to be less constrictive, or at least visible. The 14 essays cover self-determination and the multicultural; white skin privilege; gendered subjectivities; and who is teaching what and how in the curriculum, canon, and syllabi. They are oriented more toward principles and attitudes than practical measures in administration or the classroom. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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SANDRA JACKSON is an Assistant Professor of Education at De Paul University in Chicago.

JOSE SOLIS is an Assistant Professor of Education at DePaul University in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
1 Introduction: Resisting Zones of Comfort in Multiculturalism 1
Pt. I From I to We: Self-Determination and the Multicultural
2 White Studies: The Intellectual Imperialism of U.S. Higher Education 17
3 Multiculturalism: War in America Continues 37
4 Nuestra Realidad: Historical Roots of Our Latino Identity 53
Pt. II Racism: White Skin Privilege
5 The Politics of Culture: Multicultural Education After the Content Debate 67
6 Academic Apartheid: American Indian Studies and "Multiculturalism" 89
7 The Doorkeepers: Education and Internal Settler Colonialism, the Mexican Experience 113
Pt. III Gendered Subjectivities
8 Negotiating Self-Defined Standpoints in Teaching and Learning 129
9 Entre la Marquesina y la Cocina 149
10 Deconstructing Mainstream Discourse Through Puerto Rican Women's Oral Narratives 171
Pt. IV Curriculum, Canon, and Syllabi: Who's Teaching What and How
11 Education in Community: The Role of Multicultural Education 195
12 Core Culture and Core Curriculum in South Africa 209
13 The Peer Review Group: Writing, Negotiation, and Metadiscourse in the English Classroom 227
14 The Cultural Ethos of the Academy: Potentials and Perils for Multicultural Education Reform 239
Index 257
About the Contributors 267
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