Debatable Diversity: Critical Dialogues on Change in American Universities

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 12.3.1998 - 226 sivua
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.'
 

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Constructing this Book
1
Social Justice and Idealism
11
University Autonomy
23
The Rationalist Turn
39
Change from the Top Down
61
Change from the Bottom up
99
On Rainbows and Coalitions
121
Intellectual Space
149
The Elusive Community of Scholars
177
All for Some and Some for all
207
Epidialogue
237
Glossary
257
References
259
Index
265
About the Authors
271
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Raymond V. Padilla is professor of education at Arizona State University. Miguel Montiel is professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University.

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