Home Articles Reader Opinion Editorial Book Reviews Discussion Writers Guide About TCRecord
transparent 13
Topics
Discussion
Announcements

The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality


reviewed by Jeff Sapp — July 18, 2007

coverTitle: The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality
Author(s): Walter Benn Michaels
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks (Henry Holt and Company, Inc.), New York
ISBN: 0805083316 , Pages: 256, Year: 2007
Search for book at Amazon.com

There is something about Walter Benn Michaels’ The Trouble With Diversity: How We Learned To Love Identity And Ignore Inequality that reads and feels right when you begin the short introduction. Michaels believes that Americans love to talk about race and identity because they don’t like to talk [about], or even acknowledge, class. To distract themselves, Americans celebrate cultural diversity rather than address the difficult issues surrounding economic inequity. I like the short introduction. It’s the rest of the book that is problematic. Michaels attempts to deconstruct current race theories that declare race as a social construct. He believes that we misunderstand race by making it synonymous with culture or identity. Culture doesn’t work because it relies on race. And what is identity? It is simply “acting” a certain way, for instance “acting black” or “acting white.” No, Michaels is sure that race is biological. Michaels is perplexed by why the United... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


To view the full-text for this article you must be signed-in with the appropropriate membership. Please review your options below:

Sign-in
Email:
Password:
Store a cookie on my computer that will allow me to skip this sign-in in the future.
Send me my password -- I can't remember it
 
Purchase this Article
Purchase The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality
Individual-Resource passes allow you to purchase access to resources one resource at a time. There are no recurring fees.
$12
Become a Member
Online Access
With this membership you receive online access to all of TCRecord's content. The introductory rate of $25 is available for a limited time.
$25
Print and Online Access
With this membership you receive the print journal and free online access to all of TCRecord's content.
$210


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 18, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14555, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 5:04:10 PM

Purchase Reprint Rights for this article or review
Article Tools
Related Articles

Related Discussion
 
Post a Comment | Read All

About the Author
  • Jeff Sapp
    California State University, Dominguez Hills
    E-mail Author
    JEFF SAPP is a Professor of Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. He teaches classes on literacy at the elementary and secondary levels as well as supervising student teachers in the greater Los Angeles area. His research and writing involve issues of diversity and antiracism and can be found at www.jeffsapp.com. His recently published children’s book, Rhinos & Raspberries: Tolerance Tales for the Early Grades, just won the prestigious Golden Lamp Award from The Association of Educational Publishers, its highest honor.
Member Center
In Print
This Month's Issue

Submit
EMAIL

Twitter

RSS