Race, higher education, and American society

Authors
Citation
Yt. Moses, Race, higher education, and American society, J ANTHR RES, 55(2), 1999, pp. 265-277
Citations number
20
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH
ISSN journal
0091-7710 → ACNP
Volume
55
Issue
2
Year of publication
1999
Pages
265 - 277
Database
ISI
SICI code
0091-7710(199922)55:2<265:RHEAAS>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
This article explores three connected premises: first that folk beliefs abo ut the immutable nature of race are prevalent in society today; second, tha t there is a social and cultural reluctance to discuss the American raciali zed worldview; and, third, that there is the potential for American policy makers and society at large to reembrace biological determinism and social Darwinism at the millennium. The author suggests that anthropologists have a major role to play in educating a wider public about race, cultural plura lism, and diversity in education. Anthropologists should do this by (1) art iculating for a general audience what race is and what it is not; (2) provi ding an anthropological analysis of higher education as a public right or a public good; (3) Providing an anthropological analysis of the contemporary American culture of education and educational success; and (4) explaining American paradoxical behavior concerning affirmative action.