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Freedom's Web : Student Activism in an Age of Cultural Diversity
     

Freedom's Web : Student Activism in an Age of Cultural Diversity

by Robert A. Rhoads
 

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ISBN-10: 0801858879

ISBN-13: 9780801858871

Pub. Date: 10/14/1998

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

From the Mills College strike of 1990 to the Chicano Studies movement at UCLA, from African-American student unrest at Rutgers University in 1995 to student protest in California against the passage of propositions 187 and 209, issues of cultural diversity have rocked college campuses for much of this decade. Indeed, Robert Rhoads locates the key to understanding

Overview

From the Mills College strike of 1990 to the Chicano Studies movement at UCLA, from African-American student unrest at Rutgers University in 1995 to student protest in California against the passage of propositions 187 and 209, issues of cultural diversity have rocked college campuses for much of this decade. Indeed, Robert Rhoads locates the key to understanding renewed student activism in the 1990s within the struggle over multiculturalism. In Freedom's Web: Student Activism in an Age of Cultural Diversity, he focuses on how students have utilized what many scholars describe, both affectionately and pejoratively, as "identity politics" to advance various concerns tied to diversity issues.

While the 1970s and much of the 1980s were relatively quiet decades in comparison to the 1960s, the divestment movement of the mid-1980s served as a catalyst for multicultural reform of the American college campus. Thus, in the 1990s, students once again began to turn to campus demonstration as a means to advance social change. Through illustrative case studies, Rhoads reveals the significant connections between contemporary student activism and the efforts of a previous generation of student activists to advance participatory democracy and civil rights.

The author refutes claims such as those made by Arthur Schlesinger and Dinesh D'Souza that the politics of identity and the celebration of cultural diversity have contributed to the balkanization of the academy. Instead, Rhoads builds a convincing argument that identity politics is a response to cultural hegemony reinforced through longstanding monocultural norms of the academy. Balkanization, he concludes, is more the byproductof traditional academic structures that promote exclusion over inclusion, authoritarianism over democracy, and xenophobia over a concern for others.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801858871
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/14/1998
Pages:
291
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgmentsvii
1Passion and Protest on Campus1
2Historical Webs of Connection: Revisiting the 1960s28
3"Immigrants in Our Own Land": The Chicano Studies Movement at UCLA61
4"Strong Women, Proud Women": The Mills College Strike95
5"Promises Made, Promises Kept": The Struggle of American Indians at Michigan State127
6"We're Here. We're Queer. Get Used to It.": Gay Liberation at Penn State159
7"Genetic, Hereditary Background": African American Resistance at Rutgers189
8Collective Consciousness: Toward an Activist Identity219
Notes245
Bibliography267
Index285

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