ERIC Number: ED362450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Toward a Pluralistic Perspective on Equity.
Pollard, Diane S.; Avery, Maria-Paz Beltran
Women's Educational Equity Act Publishing Center Digest, p1-8 Feb 1992
This digest deals with the challenges of living in a pluralistic society. Comprised of three articles, the first (by Diane S. Pollard) is a discussion of the problems resulting from the fragmented effort of the equity movement, as many different groups working for equity in gender, race, class, and other concerns, have sought independence from each other. The situation has produced a view in equity work of the defining attributes of these groups as mutually exclusive categories. Those involved in these groups often have found themselves competing against other groups, or even against different aspects of themselves for limited resources. This view of equity has provoked three problems: (1) it ignores the diversity that exists within each of these groups; (2) it diminishes the reality that individuals hold multiple statuses related to race, gender, social class, physical ability, sexual orientation, and so on; and (3) it leads to a stance of exclusion, that is, if all women are seen as having the same concerns or needs, then those women who have different concerns are excluded from the group. The phrase "women's issues" encompasses many differences in needs, interests, motivations, attitudes and priorities. The second article (by Maria Paz Beltran Avery) consists of reflections on the intercultural encounter; it presents some approaches to the interpersonal, intercultural encounter by focusing on ways of thinking about culture that transcend specific information about any one culture. It proposes a definition of culture that presents a change process orientation. The journal concludes with a listing of Women's Educational Equity Act publications. (DK)
Descriptors: Blacks, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Interrelationships, Cultural Pluralism, Females, Feminism, Higher Education, Intercultural Communication, Justice, Racial Relations
Women's Educational Equity Act Publishing Center, Education Development Center, Inc., 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02160.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.
Identifiers: Equality (Social)