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ERIC Number: ED540341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun-29
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Words to Live by: How Diversity Trumps Freedom on Academic Web Sites
National Association of Scholars
Few people outside of academic life are fully aware of the yawning gap that has opened between the cultural allegiances of American higher education and the country at large. Particularly arresting is the degree to which traditional conceptions of a unified American nationality, based on shared beliefs in liberty and individualism, have been replaced in universities by a corporatist vision emphasizing a mosaic of distinct ethnic and gender groups, whose disparate values and folkways merit equal recognition and acceptance. The verbal emblem of this outlook is the word "diversity," employed to celebrate "difference" and stigmatize the "privileging" of any particular cultural ideal or lifestyle above any other. This paper discusses the findings of a 2006 study of university websites that reveals, among other things, that references to diversity exceed those to traditional American ideals like freedom, democracy, and liberty. Methodological Appendix is included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Scholars (NAS)