This reader focuses on the extremely current, important topic of racial and ethnic experiences in the United States today. Most of the essays were commissioned especially for this reader and have been prepared by some of the brightest voices in this cutting edge field. Instructors in search of a current, comprehensive multicultural reader will find this a valuable student resource whether it is the sole focus of their course or to be integrated into another content area.
Part V: What is Multicultural America?
[Page 441]It is increasingly commonplace for us to speak about America as a multicultural nation, yet it is by no means clear what people mean by this term, nor is there anything approaching consensus about whether “multiculturalism” offers an adequate description of contemporary intergroup relations. Likewise, considerable controversy can be found about whether multiculturalism is a worthwhile goal or a problem. In other words, there is considerable controversy about its definitional, descriptive, and prescriptive utility. This concluding part, far from attempting to provide definitive answers to these questions, is designed to provide insights into the phenomenon from rather differing perspectives, affording various critical angles of vision. Our intention is both to bring into somewhat new perspective many ...