Battling Bias: The Struggle for Identity and Community on College Campuses

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Penguin, Aug 1, 1995 - Education - 304 pages
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Politicians, philosophers, and academics have spent countless hours debating the issues of greatest concern on college campuses today: multiculturalism, political correctness, race relations, sexual politics, and gender. But what has been noticeably missing from their discussions are the voices of the students themselves. Battling Bias is one of the first books to offer an analysis of their actions and reactions on their own college campuses. In this work a wide variety of students from both public and private schools across the country share their pain and anger, their concerns and experiences and the impact on their lives of the surge of conflicts so omnipresent on campuses today. Sidel explores these issues against a backdrop of our current economic problems and polarities, our increasingly diverse society and changing patterns of immigration. She discusses the key problems for American higher education (including who should have access to it), and offers solutions. This unique contribution to the continuing debate on the role of education in a democratic society should be required reading for anyone interested in the future of our schools and of our nation.

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Chapter 2 The Societal Context
Chapter 3 Conflict Within the Ivory Tower
Chapter 4 Coping with Bias
Chapter 7 Walking in Two Worlds

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Ruth Sidel, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, is author of many books including "Keeping Women and Children Last: America s War on the Poor "(revised edition, 1998) and "On Her Own: Growing Up in the Shadow of the American Dream" (1990).

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