Publisher description for On being different : diversity and multiculturalism in the North American mainstream / Conrad Kottak, Kathryn A. Kozaitis.


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Understanding of cultural diversity is essential to a healthy multicultural society. Fundamental to this book’s approach is the belief that a comparative, cross-cultural view of human differences and similarities enhances understanding of diversity and multiculturalism within contemporary North America.

On Being Different provides an up-to-date, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary account of diversity and multiculturalism in the United States and Canada. Conrad Kottak and Kathryn Kozaitis clarify essential issues, themes, and topics in the study of diversity, including ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. The book also presents an original theory of multiculturalism, showing how human agency and culture work to organize and change society. The authors use rich and varied ethnographic examples, from North America and abroad, to help students apply the material to their own lives, and thus gain a better understanding of diversity and multiculturalism.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Ethnology -- North America.
Multiculturalism -- North America.
Ethnicity -- North America.
Minorities -- North America.
Social structure -- North America.
North America -- Race relations.
North America -- Social conditions.
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education -- bisacsh.