Strategies of Transformation Toward a Multicultural Society: Fulfilling the Story of Democracy

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How can the culturally diverse communities of America live justly and fruitfully together? Not by assimilation into the dominant culture ? nor by fighting for the freedom to pursue our own self-interest at the cost of our repressing both the wounds and the promising potential of our own cultural roots. This book offers a theory and practice of transformation that shows, especially through literature, education, and politics, how we can create a multicultural society that liberates our being as a fulfillment of ...

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How can the culturally diverse communities of America live justly and fruitfully together? Not by assimilation into the dominant culture — nor by fighting for the freedom to pursue our own self-interest at the cost of our repressing both the wounds and the promising potential of our own cultural roots. This book offers a theory and practice of transformation that shows, especially through literature, education, and politics, how we can create a multicultural society that liberates our being as a fulfillment of the story of democracy. Perhaps for the first time in American history we are seeing the personal, political, historical, and sacred faces of women, people of color, and all ethnic groups as they tell their stories. It is this emerging scholarship that constitutes the new multicultural and feminine face of the story of democracy.

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Discusses the multicultural aspects of democracy and the role of education in the process of democratic transformation, offering a theoretical context within which to examine the current situation in US society and proposing strategies for transforming society and culture. Explores archetypes of transformation and ways of life, and presents reading and film lists and detailed course outlines in areas such as politics, religious studies, and sociology, complete with assignments and discussion questions. Distributed by Greenwood. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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DAVID T. ABALOS is Professor of Religious Studies and Sociology at Seton Hall University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Setting the Context: A Theory of Transformation 1
Ch. 2 Applying the Story of Transformation to Practice: Images of the Sacred and the Political in Literature 45
Ch. 3 The Four Faces of Our Being in Multicultural and Women's Scholarship 67
Ch. 4 The Relationship between Multicultural Scholarship and the Feminine as the Principle of Liberation and Transformation 81
Ch. 5 Teaching and Practicing Multicultural and Gender-Fair Education from the Perspective of Transformational Politics 97
Appendix: Reading and Film List and Course Outlines 127
Recommended Reading and Film List for Multicultural and Gender-Fair Courses 129
Politics Course: Latina/o Politics in the United States 135
Religious Studies Course: Contemporary Moral Values 145
Sociology Course: Principles of Sociology 153
Teachers' Seminar: Multicultural Education 167
Bibliography 171
Index 183
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