Culture And Difference / Edition 1

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The yearning to remember who we are is not easily detected in the qualitative dimensions of focus groups and ethnographic research methods; nor is it easily measured in standard quantified scientific inquiry. It is deeply rooted, obscured by layer upon layer of human efforts to survive the impact of historical amnesia induced by the dominant policies and practices of advanced capitalism and postmodern culture. Darder's introduction sets the tone by describing the formation of "Warriors for Gringostroika" and "The New Mestizas." In the words of Anzaldua, "those who cross over, pass over . . . the confines of the `normal.'" Critical essays follow by Mexicanas, poets, activists, and educators of all colors and persuasions. The collection coming out of the good work of the Southern California University system relates to all locales and spectrums of the human condition and will no doubt inspire excellent creativity of knowing and remembering among all who chance to read any part thereof.
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Collects 14 essays by scholars from the fields of psychology, education, theology, sociology, public policy, and comparative culture. In broad terms, the essays address how cultural identities are constructed, sustained, and transformed within the structures of power that exist in a hierarchical and exploitative society. Some topics include the foundation of a theory of critical Afrocentricity, Chicana identity, and bicultural strengths and struggles of Southeast Asian Americans in school. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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ANTONIA DARDER is Associate Professor of Education at the Claremont Graduate School, and is the author of Culture and Power in the Classroom: A Critical Foundation for Bicultural Education (Bergin & Garvey, 1991).

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Table of Contents

Introduction. The Politics of Biculturalism: Culture and Difference in the Formation of Warriors for Gringostroika and The New Mestizas 1
Rethinking Afrocentricity: The Foundation of a Theory of Critical Africentricity 21
Chicana Identity Matters 41
Racialized Boundaries, Class Relations, and Cultural Politics: The Asian-American and Latino Experience 55
Cultural Democracy and the Revitalization of the U.S. Labor Movement 71
The Zone of Black Bodies: Language, Black Consciousness, and Adolescent Identities 81
The Alter-Native Grain: Theorizing Chicano/a Popular Culture 103
Public Space and Culture: A Critical Response to Conventional and Postmodern Visions of City Life 123
The Idea of Mestizaje and the "Race" Problematic: Racialized Media Discourse in a Post-Fordist Landscape 139
Working with Gay/Homosexual Latinos with HIV Disease: Spiritual Emergencies and Culturally Based Psycho-Therapeutic Treatments 155
African Americans, Gender, and Religiosity 169
Voice and Empowerment: The Struggle for Poetic Expression 185
Bicultural Strengths and Struggles of Southeast Asian Americans in School 201
Language Policy and Social Implications for Addressing the Bicultural Immigrant Experience in the United States 227
Index 255
About the Contributors 263
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