Coping with Cultural and Racial Diversity in Urban America

By Wallace E. Lambert; Donald M. Taylor | Go to book overview

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Two Faces of Multiculturalism: Sobering Reflections and Exciting Possibilities!

In this final chapter we have three goals in mind. One aim is to draw out major themes that emerge from the investigation and speak briefly about their social significance. However, because the themes were derived from the way we collected the data, it is obligatory that we emphasize again the limitations we see on the research side of the study so that readers will realize the risks involved in over-generalizing our findings. A second aim is to explore the area just beyond the bounds of this study, that is, the area where the wishes and desires of parents are translated into action and implementation. On this topic, we have acme preliminary data to suggest that ethnic groups differ fundamentally in the ways they go about putting their expressed desires for multiculturalism in America into practice, not only in their own lives, but also, indirectly, in the lives of their children. Some of these differences in implementation are traceable to palpable issues such as time of residence in the United States. But even when we explore the effects of residence time, certain groups do not act as one might predict. As a consequence, our scratching the surface of this topic makes very evident the need for more detailed, tightly

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