Critical Ethnicity: Countering the Waves of Identity Politics

Critical Ethnicity: Countering the Waves of Identity Politics

by Robert H. Tai
     
 

As we enter the 21st century, the terms ethnicity and race are more often being used interchangeably. However, ethnicity and race have historically meant different things in the United States. What does it mean to refer to racial minorities as ethnic minorities? What are the social dynamics that have led to a broadening of the discourse on diversity and… See more details below

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As we enter the 21st century, the terms ethnicity and race are more often being used interchangeably. However, ethnicity and race have historically meant different things in the United States. What does it mean to refer to racial minorities as ethnic minorities? What are the social dynamics that have led to a broadening of the discourse on diversity and multiculturalism to include more types of culturally-based differences, while the practice of labeling those who are not white as “other” continues apace? In Critical Ethnicity, leading scholars from several disciplines explore the interactions of ethnicity, race, and education in the United States, which are embedded within discussions of diversity, multiculturalism, and identity politics. Contributors to this volume, including Stanley Aronowitz, Lilia I. Bartolome, Donaldo Macedo, Michelle Fine, Lois Weis, Linda C. Powell, Margaret Andersen, Antonia Darder, and Kofi Lomotey, reveal how terms such as “at risk” and “culture of poverty” hide the insidious racism that underlies much of our social relations. This volume attempts to help educators interpret their locations in society, to expose power relationships, and to understand how all of us--irrespective of color, gender, age, ethnicity, and sexual orientation-are affected by hegemony and oppression.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847691135
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
Critical Perspectives Series: A Book Series Dedicated to Paulo Freire Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1The Fiction of "Diversity without Oppression": Race, Ethnicity, Identity, and Power5
2Communities of Difference: A Critical Look at Desegregated Spaces Created for and by Youth21
3Dancing with Bigotry: The Poisoning of Racial and Ethnic Identities65
4Between Nationality and Class93
5Investigating Academic Initiative: Contesting Asian and Latino Educational Stereotypes117
6Racenicity: The Relationship between Racism and Ethnicity133
7Shattering the "Race" Lens: Toward a Critical Theory of Racism173
8Reflections on Conventional Wisdom193
Credits199
Index201
About the Editors and Contributors211

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