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Ethnic Studies and Multiculturalism
     

Ethnic Studies and Multiculturalism

by Thomas J. La Belle, Christopher R. Ward
 

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Provides an overview of ethnicity and intergroup relations, profiles the development of multiculturalism and ethnic studies, and analyzes the issues related to diversity in higher education as they relate to ethnic studies and multicultural efforts.

La Belle and Ward address a major question confronting American higher education—How do colleges and

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Provides an overview of ethnicity and intergroup relations, profiles the development of multiculturalism and ethnic studies, and analyzes the issues related to diversity in higher education as they relate to ethnic studies and multicultural efforts.

La Belle and Ward address a major question confronting American higher education—How do colleges and universities best prepare students for common citizenship in a diverse, democratic state while also nurturing their groups' cultures, values, and institutional participation?

The authors clarify current debates about diversity and the content of curriculum, what one commentator calls the "culture wars." The book includes an overview of ethnicity, intergroup relations, and related concepts; the history and development of multiculturalism and ethnic studies in higher education in the United States; and an analysis of the issues related to diversity in higher education, particularly as they relate to tensions between ethnic studies and multicultural efforts.

The authors share their vision of how higher education might be made more open to ethnic and other groups, while broadening the learning about diversity for all students. They emphasize the role that institutional and student cultures, including extra-curricular organizations and activities, play in achieving these goals.

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A smart, conceptual approach to ethnic and multicultural studies in US higher education reviews the sociological history of the emergence of such studies and their competing and cooperative strategies. The authors clarify many of the debates surrounding diversity and the content of curriculum i.e. "the culture wars." They also share their vision of how higher education might be more open to ethnic and other groups, broadening the learning for all students, particularly addressing the roles of student organizations and activities in achieving such goals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"The book is useful because it provides a context for looking at multiculturalism and ethnic studies in higher education. One of the broadest discussions currently available, the book places the topic in an appropriate and useful historical and institutional context. It is highly relevant to current debates about ethnic studies—a debate that is likely to continue for a long time." —G. Altbach, Boston College

"The topic is very important and the book uses a combination of historical and current social science analysis to explore the development of multicultural and ethnic studies in higher education. The authors are even-handed and present a wide range of opinions and approaches." — William B. Stanley, University of Delaware

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791429839
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/01/1996
Series:
SUNY series, Frontiers in Education Series
Pages:
168

Meet the Author

Thomas J. La Belle is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research at West Virginia University. La Belle and Ward are authors of Multiculturalism and Education, also published by SUNY Press.

At the University of Pittsburgh, Christopher R. Ward is Administrative Officer for Generations Together, an Intergenerational Studies Program in the University Center for Social and Urban Research, and an adjunct faculty member teaching Educational Anthropology. La Belle and Ward are authors of Multiculturalism and Education, also published by SUNY Press.

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