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Mapping Multiculturalism

1996

Avery F. Gordon and Christopher Newfield, editors

Mapping Multiculturalism

The first collection of this scope, Mapping Multiculturalism offers cogent critiques of the rubric “multicultural” and its uses by leading scholars in sociology, history, literary criticism, popular culture studies, ethnic studies, and critical legal studies.

The first collection of this scope, Mapping Multiculturalism offers cogent critiques of the rubric “multicultural” and its uses by leading scholars in sociology, history, literary criticism, popular culture studies, ethnic studies, and critical legal studies.

Contributors: Norma Alarcón, Richard P. Appelbaum, Edna Bonacich, Wendy Brown, Darryl B. Dickson-Carr, Antonia I. Castañeda, Angie Chabram-Dernersesian, Jon Cruz, Angela Y. Davis, Steve Fagin, Rosa Linda Fregoso, Neil Gotanda, M. Annette Jaimes Guerrero, Ramón Gutiérrez, Cynthia Hamilton, George Lipsitz, Lisa Lowe, Wahneema Lubiano, Michael Omi, Lourdes Portillo, Cedric Jo Robinson, Tricia Rose, Gregg Scott, Paul Smith, Renee Tajima, Patricia Zavella.

Mapping Multiculturalism is a groundbreaking interdisciplinary collection that will generate a great deal of penetrating discussion on a broad range of fronts. Many people have been awaiting just such a serious, tough-minded examination of the emergence and flourishing of ‘multiculturalism.’

Sharon Willis, University of Rochester

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What is multiculturalism? The word is used everywhere, often without being clearly defined. The first collection of this scope, Mapping Multiculturalism offers cogent critiques of the term and its uses by leading scholars in sociology, history, literary criticism, popular culture studies, ethnic studies, and critical legal studies. The contributors look at current uses of the rubric “multicultural” and offer groundbreaking analyses of complex relationships between popular culture, political events, and intellectual trends. Featuring essays by authors, activists, artists, and theoreticians, Mapping Multiculturalism represents the entire range of multicultural studies today through essays that demarcate the cutting edge of contemporary cultural politics.

Contributors: Norma Alarcón, U of California, Berkeley; Richard P. Appelbaum, U of California, Santa Barbara; Edna Bonacich, U of California, Riverside; Wendy Brown, U of California, Santa Cruz; Darryl B. Dickson-Carr, Florida State U; Antonia I. Castañeda, U of Texas, Austin; Angie Chabram-Dernersesian, U of California, Davis; Jon Cruz, U of California, Santa Barbara; Angela Y. Davis, U of California, Santa Cruz; Steve Fagin, U of California, San Diego; Rosa Linda Fregoso, U of California, Davis; Neil Gotanda, Western State U; M. Annette Jaimes Guerrero, San Francisco State U; Ramón Gutiérrez, U of California, San Diego; Cynthia Hamilton, U of Rhode Island; George Lipsitz, University of California, San Diego; Lisa Lowe, U of California, San Diego; Wahneema Lubiano, Princeton U; Michael Omi, U of California, Berkeley; Lourdes Portillo; Cedric Jo Robinson, U of California, Santa Barbara; Tricia Rose, New York U; Gregg Scott; Paul Smith, George Mason U; Renee Tajima; Patricia Zavella, U of California, Santa Cruz.

Avery F. Gordon teaches sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Christopher Newfield teaches English, also at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Mapping Multiculturalism

Mapping Multiculturalism is a groundbreaking interdisciplinary collection that will generate a great deal of penetrating discussion on a broad range of fronts. Many people have been awaiting just such a serious, tough-minded examination of the emergence and flourishing of ‘multiculturalism.’

Sharon Willis, University of Rochester

Mapping Multiculturalism maps the terrain of multiculturalism, noting the contradictory and powerful meanings of the term and inviting us to take a careful look at this concept so that we may use this term more appropriately in the future.

Contemporary Sociology

A most impressive and ambitious undertaking, one that offers thoughtful reflections on ‘multiculturalism’ by leading figures in literary criticism, the social sciences, ethnic studies, critical legal studies, activism and the arts. Mapping Multiculturalism is a ground-breaking work.

International Examiner

This serious work on a serious issue is highly recommended for academic libraries.

Library Journal

Ambitious in scope, these essays not only define the boundaries of the social movement but also provide a much needed critique of some of the many paradigms that claim to be multicultural. Diverse in range, various essays present personal narrative, documentary record, and theoretical analysis.

Bloomsbury Review

There is much in this volume to be recommended. It is the best one-volume, scholarly introduction to issues surrounding multiculturalism that I have yet seen.

Joe R. Feagin, Journal of American Ethnic History

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