Debatable Diversity

Author: Raymond V. Padilla
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 0742576329
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In this timely and thought-provoking book, the authors engage each other and the reader in an ongoing dialogue questioning the purpose and role of the contemporary university as bureaucratic, corporate, and diversified. Written as a series of conversations between the authors, two Chicano scholars at a western university, Debatable Diversity chronicles their own experiences as academic activists who struggled for decades to transform an American university system based more on entrepreneurship and the business model than on a dedication to the ideals set forth by a social awareness and support for civil rights that came out of the 1960s and early 1970s, a time when hope and faith in social change permeated college campuses. Instead, as Padilla and Montiel reveal, this commitment was never realized, and the lack of responsiveness of most American universities to the realities of shifting demographics and cultural diversity is the rule rather than the exception. Posing a challenge for all of those interested in transforming the university into a place that reflects the realities of the American cultural landscape, including growing minority populations, the challenge of maintaining a sense of humanity in the face of the information age, socioeconomic and class inequality, and the growing presence of minorities on campus, Debatable Diversity challenges readers to reexamine the purposes, goals, and functions of the American university in light of the ongoing social transformation from modernity to postmodernity. Not only do the authors offer an insider's look at the inner workings of academia, but also of academic activism, with the goal of renewal and reconfiguration of the contemporary 'multiversity.'

Critical Education in the New Information Age

Author: Manuel Castells
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847690107
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These essays by educators provide a portrait of ideas and developments in education that can influence the possibility of social and political change. The authors take into account feminism, ecology and media in their pursuit of ideas that can inform the fundamental practice of education.

Critical Ethnicity

Author: Robert H. Tai
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847691142
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The contributors include Margaret L. Andersen, Stanley Aronowitz, Antonia Darder, Michelle Fine, Rudolfo D. Torres and Lois Weis.

Latinos Unidos

Author: Enrique T. Trueba
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847687299
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A perspective on Latinos - not only as a diverse and growing population in the US with distinct social, cultural and economic features, but as a political force with a collective ethnic identity. It explores the personal identity and resiliency, adaptive strategies, and successes of Latinos.

Sharing words

Author: Ramón Flecha
Publisher: Univ Pr of Amer
ISBN:
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Sharing Words may be an example of a new way of writing about educational theory and practice, one that results in a captivating and enjoyable experience that invites the reader to share and comment with colleagues, students, and friends.

Strange love

Author: Robin Truth Goodman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN:
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Saltman and Goodman show how corporate-produced curricula, films, and corporate-promoted books often use depictions of family love, childhood innocence, and compassion in order to sell the public on policies that ironically put the profit of multinational corporations over the well-being of people. In doing so, the authors reveal the extent to which globalization depends upon education and also show how battles over culture, language, and the control of information are matters of life, death, and democracy. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Immigrant voices

Author: Enrique T. Trueba
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
ISBN:
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The ethnics are coming-and the fear of many observers is that the quality of traditional disciplines will suffer as a result. Immigrant Voices is a book which shows that such fear is unfounded. Ethnic scholars of international repute come together in this collection of essays to meditate upon the single most important social phenomena in America today: immigration.

Imagining Teachers

Author: Gustavo Fischman
Publisher: University Press of Amer
ISBN:
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This book calls for a different understanding of the professional preparation of pre-service teachers, critically reflecting on issues of caring and gender, and challenging the dominance of "words only" educational research methodologies. Using conceptual tools from visual anthropology, cultural studies, feminism and critical pedagogy, Fischman focuses on the educational dilemmas that students and professors in teacher education programs face within institutions that reinforce, rather than challenge, oppressive class, racial, ethnic and gender dynamics. He pays special attention to the transmission of models of teaching that are invested of essential masculine and feminine patterns that potentially lead to two very distinctive professional careers: one that is associated with "dedication" and "care," and a second that emphasizes "order" and "command."

Resolana

Author: Miguel Montiel
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816528349
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Villagers in northern New Mexico refer to the south-facing side of a wall as la resolana, meaning Òthe place where the sun shines.Ó Every culture has a resolana, a place where the resolanerosÑthe villagersÑgather, dialogue, and reflect on society, culture, and politics. The buried knowledge that emerges from this process may be Òpure gold,Ó or el oro del barrio, a metaphor for the culturally contextualized knowledge gathered at the resolana. Coming from diverse backgrounds in social work, sociology, public administration, literature, history, and education, three modern resolaneros take the twin concepts of resolana and el oro del barrio on a breathtaking journey from their rural roots to their application in an urban setting and on to a holistic view of globalization. The authors offer a humane perspective on transborder cultures and all communities struggling to maintain their cultural and linguistic identities. They share an optimistic view of how ordinary people everywhere can take back control of their own destinies. This book is about uncovering subjugated knowledgeÑel oro del barrioÑthrough resolana, a dynamic process of thought and action. Resolana will inspire dialogue and creativity from those interested in sociology, political science, social work, and Chicano studies, as well as public-policy makers and the general public.