Theoretical Foundations: An Analysis of the Place of Race, Culture, and Diversity in American Society.- A Brief Review of American Views of Multi-culturalism.- American Multi-culturalism in the 21st Century.- Data Analysis: Hearing the Voices of Persons From Culturally Diverse Families.- Sources of Multi-culturalism in Families.- Growing Up Painful: Problems of Multi-cultural Socialization.- Developing an Identity Out of Multiple Options.- "It Takes a Village": Critical Role of the Social Environment on Identity Formation.- Achieving Success in Multi-cultural Families.- Applying Our Knowledge: Incorporating Multi-Culturalism Into Social Policies and Programs.- Improving Personal Relations for Multi-cultural People.- Incorporating Diversity at the Community Level - Example 1: Developing a School Program Which Encourages and Supports Racial and Ethnic Diversity.- Incorporating Diversity at the Community Level - Example 2: Mainstreaming Immigrant Children Through Coordinated Parallel Socialization Workshops.- Models of Multi-culturalism in an International Context.
The 21st century sees an increasing number of cultural minorities in the United States. Particularly, the rise in multi-cultural or mixed heritage families is on the rise. As with many trends, just as the amount of diversity increases, so does the level of resistance in groups that oppose this diversity.
While this problem exists through life for persons from multicultural backgrounds, the tension is particularly acute for children, whose identities and socialization experiences are still in formation. With parents from different cultural backgrounds, as well as school and community experiences giving that might question their diverse heritage, children are likely to experience distressing confusion. How can they come to terms with this conflict, and how can family and community help them to resolve it?
Combining case studies and interviews, this work particularly focuses on multi-cultural families as a yet untapped source of information about inter-culture contact. Voices of Diversity: Multiculturalism in America will be both a resource for researchers and practitioners, as well as a practical guide to families dealing with these issues every day.
Combines subjective case studies with personal interviews to provide a comprehensive analysis
Studies multiculturalism from three respects: multi-national, multi-religious, and multi-racial
Concluding chapters provide analysis and applications for real world scenarios