November 25, 1992
The Debate on Race, Class, Gender in American Studies
At conference, scholars voice strong differences over impact of multiculturalism
Costa Mesa, California -- Debate is mounting over whether -- or how -- new research on race, class, gender, and ethnicity is changing the field of American studies.
Some scholars, particularly those in ethnic studies, say that American studies still places too much emphasis on white, Anglo-American culture. Others charge that the field pays too much attention to multicultural topics, and is losing sight of the ties that bind American society together.
The debate, which has