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Reconfiguring Power: Challenges for the 21st Century

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Vol. 24, No. 2 (1997)

This special issue addresses the reconfiguration of power by transnational corporate, worker, and community interests. The language, identity, civil rights, and equity concerns of immigrants, youth, women, and people of color are examined in light of their respective movements, and the possibilities for alliances and the role of affirmative action are the subject of lively debates.

Among the challenges for the 21st century are dramatic demographic shifts. California will become a majority minority state in the year 2000, a state where no one racial group holds a majority. Will powerful forces there lean toward an apartheid model or toward a state where the majority rules and seeks out ways to combine peace and social justice? Will groups struggle to build alliances, or will they compete with each other for jobs and contracts in the transnational, global marketplace? Will they scapegoat one another for social ills, or cross borders of mainstream representations and individual and group identities to form new sources of power and resistance to unjust forms of the New World Order(s)?

What will be the legacy of the post-Civil Rights Era backlash manifested in reactionary, racist, and violent laws aimed at subverting the effects of extending the democratic project to groups of people who have been historically discriminated against and excluded from the provisions of American democracy? These are among the many dilemmas addressed in this issue.

ISSN: 1043-1578. Published quarterly by Social Justice, P.O. Box 40601, San Francisco, CA 94140.

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Gilberto Arriaza, Jean Ishibashi, and Pedro Noguera (eds.)

Foreword to "Reconfiguring Power"

Jean Ishibashi

Grace Under Pressure: Immigrant Families and the Nation-State

Gilberto Arriaza

Si Hablas Español Eres Mojado: Spanish as an Identity Marker in the Lives of Mexicano Children

Rebecca Benjamin

Beyond Mexico's Woman: Negotiating Gender and Race in Dominant Narratives of Nation

Regina L. Martinez

Black-Brown Relations: Are Alliances Possible?

J. Jorge Klor de Alva and Cornel West

The Local/Global Context of the Los Angeles Hotel-Tourism Industry

Kim Geron

End Game: The Rise and Fall of Affirmative Action in Higher Education

Anthony M. Platt

Equity and Education in the Age of New Racism: Issues for Educators

Lily Wong Fillmore

White Men and Affirmative Action: A Conversation

Eric Rofes, David Keiser, Tony Smith, and Matt Wray

Reconsidering the 'Crisis' of the Black Male in America

Pedro Noguera

Youth Crime, Moral Panics, and the News: The Conspiracy Against the Marginalized in Canada

Bernard Schissel