Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality
A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States
Joel Spring’s history of school policies imposed on dominated groups in the United States examines the concept of deculturalization—the use of schools to strip away family languages and cultures and replace them with those of the dominant group. The focus is on the education of dominated groups forced to become citizens in territories conquered by the United States, including Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans, and Hawaiians.
In seven concise, thought-provoking chapters, this analysis and documentation of how education is used to change or eliminate linguistic and cultural traditions in the United States looks at the educational, legal, and social construction of race and racism in the United States, emphasizing the various meanings of "equality" that have existed from colonial America to the present. Providing a broader perspective for understanding the denial of cultural and linguistic rights in the United States, issues of language, culture, and deculturalization are placed in a global context.
Extensively revised throughout to reflect the dramatic national events since the prior edition, the Ninth Edition discusses the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, increased educational inequality related to the pandemic, concerns about institutional racism and White nationalism, disputes about the interpretation of U.S. history, and debates over cultural and racial identity.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Deculturalization, Native Americans and American History: 1619 and 1776 Projects
Chapter 2 Native Americans: Institutional Racism and Deculturalization
Chapter 3 African Americans: Globalization and the African Diaspora
Chapter 4 Asian Americans: Exclusion and Segregation
Chapter 5 Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx Americans: Exclusion and Segregation
Chapter 6 The Great Civil Rights Movement and the New Culture Wars Globalization: The Great Civil Rights Movement and Wars of Liberation
Chapter 7 Twenty-First Century: Resegregation, White Supremacy and Teaching Corporate Culture
Joel Spring is Professor Emeritus at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA.