Ethnic Studies and Multiculturalism / Edition 1by Thomas J. La Belle, Christopher R. Ward
Pub. Date: 07/28/1996
Publisher: State University of New York Press
La Belle and Ward address a major question confronting American higher education--How do colleges and/i>
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.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Part I. Historical and Conceptual Backdrop
1. Ethnicity, Multiculturalism, and Higher Education in the United States Prior to 1960
2. Segmentation and Intergroup Relations through Education
Part II. Multiculturalism and Ethnic Studies: A Contemporary View
3. The Rise of Multiculturalism
4. The Emergence and Status of Contemporary Ethnic Studies Programs in the United States
Part III. The Context and Strategies for Addressing Diversity
5. Ethnic Studies, Multiculturalism, and the Social and Political Context: A Mirror to Society's Intergroup Relations
6. Alernatives to Multicultural and Ethnic Studies: Strategies for Institutional Change
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