Beyond a Dream Deferred: Multicultural Education and the by Becky Thompson

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Past A Dream Deferred: Multicultural schooling and the Politics of Excellence

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Women's Review of Books editors, "Revolution and Reaction," 13. 24. Catherine R. Stimpson, "Setting Agendas, Defining Challenges," Women's Review of Books 6, no. 5 (February 1989): 14. 25. , ed. Paul Berman (New York: Laurel, 1992), 182. 26. For analysis of the ties between women's studies and black/ethnic studies, see Johnnella E. Butler, "The Difficult Dialogue of Curriculum Transformation: Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies," in Transforming the Curriculum: Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies, ed.

Bruce Kuklick, "The Emergence of the Humanities," in Politics of Liberal Education, ed. Gless and Smith, 211. Chapter 2 The New Cultural Politics of Difference Cornel West In these last few years of the twentieth century, a significant shift in the sensibilities and outlooks of critics and artists is emerging. In fact, I would go so far as to claim that a new kind of cultural worker, associated with a new politics of difference, is in the making. These new forms of intellectual consciousness advance reconceptions of the vocation of critic and artist, attempting to undermine the prevailing disciplinary divisions of labor in the academy, museum, mass media, and gallery networks while preserving modes of critique within the ubiquitous commodification of culture in the global village.

The new perspectives are intended not only to increase our knowledge base, but also, in time, to transform the whole. Their deep and widespread influence is definitely being felt, as we shall soon see. Given their history, it is entirely logical that a disproportionate number of ethnic studies programs have been established in public institutions, which are more susceptible to public pressure, and in the western United States, which has a faster growing and more diverse population than other regions.

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