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Color-line to Borderlands

The Matrix of American Ethnic Studies

edited by Johnnella E. Butler

Publication Year: 2001

This collection of lively and insightful essays traces the historical development of Ethnic Studies, its place in American universities and the curriculum, and new directions in contemporary scholarship.

Published by: University of Washington Press

Series: American Ethnic and Cultural Studies


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pp. ix-x

The editor and contributors acknowledge the generosity of The Ford Foundation in funding projects under the direction of Johnnella Butler that have supported both the conceptualization and the production of this book. We also appreciate the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities for its help in funding an extensive faculty ...

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Introduction: Color-Line to Borderlands

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pp. ix-xxvi

W. E. B. du Bois observed in the souls of black folk that the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line, and he proposed a "merging" for the Negro "to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost." 1 Here, as in many other places in ...

I. Ethnic Studies as a Matrix: Moving from Color-Line to Borderlands

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Multiculturalism: Battleground or Meeting Ground?

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pp. 3-17

In 1979, I experienced the truth of this statement when I found myself attacked by C. Vann Woodward in the New York Review of Books. I had recently published a broad and comparative study of Blacks, Chinese, Indians, Irish, and Mexicans, from the American Revolution to the U.S. war against Spain. But, for Woodward, my Iron Cages: Race and Culture ...

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Ethnic Studies as a Matrix for the Humanities, the Social Sciences, and the Common Good

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pp. 18-41

In the early 1960s, when I was thirteen or fourteen, my father invited Mr. Mikali, a South African, to dinner. Mr. Mikali told our family something that I have always remembered, something that in my life as a teacher-scholar I have grown to understand all too well. He said that people of African ancestry in the United States and South Africa would win their ...

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The Problematics of Ethnic Studies

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pp. 42-64

Any discussion about race and ethnicity as social forces within the contemporary American experience must begin from the vantage point of history. In the development of U.S. society, there were three great social divisions that, from the very beginning, fostered social hierarchies of power and privilege and sets of dependent relations. The first was...

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The Influence of African American History on U.S. History Survey Textbooks since the 1970s

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pp. 65-100

The past three decades have generated a wealth of historical scholarship about the African American experience. Historians August Meier and Elliott Rudwick wrote in their 1986 book, Black History and the Historical Profession, 1915–1980: "The score of years beginning in 1960 witnessed an enormous scholarly output in the history of race relations and ...

II. Institutional Structure and Knowledge Production

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Ethnic Studies in U.S. Higher Education: The State of the Discipline

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pp. 103-112

Since its founding more than thirty years ago, Ethnic Studies is increasingly being institutionalized on U.S. college and university campuses, even as it continues to struggle for recognition, legitimacy, and credibility. How the practitioners of Ethnic Studies define the field and go about doing their work is the primary focus of this chapter. But before that ...

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From Ideology to Institution: The Evolution of Africana Studies

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pp. 113-149

This chapter begins with an examination of five pamphlets that provide a useful introduction to Black Studies. Pamphlets or booklets occupy a different place in scholarship than do books or articles in academic journals. Despite recent advances in technology, it still takes time to publish a book, and it takes time for a paper to make its way from an author ...

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The Dialectics of Ethnicity in America: A View from American Indian Studies

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pp. 150-168

The development of Black Studies, Asian American Studies, Puerto Rican, Chicano/a, and Latino/a Studies over the past thirty years, and the move toward comparative study within what has come to be called Ethnic Studies, has brought about the study of race and ethnicity within a postcolonial, pan-American consciousness. The social structure of race in ...

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Whither the Asian American Subject?

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pp. 169-202

It is widely recognized that the provisions of U.S. immigration reform, signed into effect by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, have had a tremendous impact on individuals and populations of Asian descent in America. Now in a new millennium, population growth, heterogeneity, and complexity are at a zenith, whether nationalities, class level, types ...

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Thirty Years of Chicano and Chicana Studies

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pp. 203-224

Most scholars who have written on this subject generally agree that Chicano/a Studies, as a formal and academically sanctioned field of inquiry and pedagogy, came into existence as a direct result of the Chicano/a movement.1 With institutionalized beginnings traceable to the late 1960s, the discipline's birth is clearly rooted in the competing ...

III. Changing and Emerging Paradigms

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Asian American Studies and Asian Studies: Boundaries and Borderlands of Ethnic Studies and Area Studies

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pp. 227-239

From the inception of Asian American studies in the late 1960s, Asian Americanists have sought to establish their own programs in higher education. They have identified Ethnic Studies, with its particular perspectives, methodologies, and scholarship, as their rightful home. Nonetheless, on the many occasions that I have advised colleges and universities ...

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Reimagining Borders: A Hemispheric Approach to Latin American and U.S. Latino and Latina Studies

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pp. 240-264

This chapter captures a few of the challenges confronting Latin American and Caribbean Studies and U.S. Latino/a Studies in the twenty-first century. It outlines some of the conditions that call for more integrated hemispheric approaches and reconceptualization of these fields. Historically, the close of the nineteenth century provided an excuse for ...

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Bridges to the Twenty-First Century: Making Cultural Studies—and Making It Work

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pp. 265-272

On a cool October morning, a week past the deadline for this paper, I found myself still puzzling over how to begin. Feeling some guilt at inconveniencing the commentator and experiencing a twinge of incipient panic as well, I began to play with the panel—"Coalition or Collision: Difference, Territory, and the Institution"—and to sketch the ...

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Heavy Traffic at the Intersections: Ethnic, American, Women's, Queer, and Cultural Studies

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pp. 273-292

For some years it has been apparent that the various interdisciplinary fields centered on analyzing history, culture, and power in the United States are being shaped not only by the intersection of disciplines (history, sociology, English, and so forth) but also by intersections with their related interdisciplines. Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Women's Studies, ...


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pp. 293-297


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pp. 298-310

E-ISBN-13: 9780295801131
E-ISBN-10: 0295801131
Print-ISBN-13: 9780295980911
Print-ISBN-10: 0295980915

Publication Year: 2001

Series Title: American Ethnic and Cultural Studies
Series Editor Byline: Edited by John C. Walter and Johnnella E. Butler See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 774404042
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  • Ethnicity -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States
  • Minorities -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States
  • Cultural pluralism -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States.
  • United States -- Ethnic relations -- Study and teaching (Higher).
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