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Debatable Diversity

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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Constructing this Book Chapter 3 Social Justice and Idealism Chapter 4 University Autonomy Chapter 5 The Rationalist Turn Chapter 6 Change from the Top Down Chapter 7 Change from the Bottom Up Chapter 8 On Rainbows and Coalitions, Intellectual Space, The Elusive Community of Scholars Chapter 9 All for Some and Some for All Chapter 10 Epi(dia)logue

About the Author

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.


Debatable Diversity: Critical Dialogues on Change in American Universities by Raymond Padilla and Manuel Montiel is a must read for anyone concerned about change in U.S. higher education. I found this book extremely informative, though provoking, and inspirational. Padilla and Montiel's open, frank and lively discussions are certain to serve as a guide for the next generation of academics and administrators who seek to engage the university as a place that should model the idelas of social justice and equity. Harvard Educational Review Gutsy in style and plain talking. There are lessons here for higher education, and not just for Chicanos. -- David C. Berliner, Regents' Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

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