Toppling the Melting Pot

Toppling the Melting Pot : Immigration and Multiculturalism in American Pragmatism

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The catalyst for much of classical pragmatist political thought was the great waves of migration to the United States in the early twentieth century. Jose-Antonio Orosco examines the work of several pragmatist social thinkers, including John Dewey, W. E. B. Du Bois, Josiah Royce, and Jane Addams, regarding the challenges large-scale immigration brings to American democracy. Orosco argues that the ideas of the classical pragmatists can help us understand the ways in which immigrants might strengthen the cultural foundations of the United States in order to achieve a more deliberative and participatory democracy. Like earlier pragmatists, Orosco begins with a critique of the melting pot in favor of finding new ways to imagine the civic role of our immigrant population. He concludes that by applying the insights of American pragmatism, we can find guidance through controversial contemporary issues such as undocumented immigration, multicultural education, and racialized conceptions of citizenship.show more

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  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 386g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253022746
  • 9780253022745

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As we move forward, looking back could shed light on making the nation a more participatory democracy. * Albuquerque Journal *show more

About Jose-Antonio Orosco

Jose-Antonio Orosco is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University in Corvallis. His main interests are in social and political philosophy with an emphasis on social movements and democratic theory, US American pragmatism, and Latin / Latin American thought. He has taught previously at the Universidad Latina de America in Morelia, Mexico, and at the National University of Rosario, in Rosario, Argentina. He is author of Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence.show more

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Three Models of the Melting Pot 2. Cultural Pluralism and Principles of Pragmatist Solidarity 3. From Plymouth Rock to Ellis Island: Louis Adamic and Cultural Flourishing 4. W.E.B. Du Bois and the Black Cultural Contribution to US Deep Democracy 5. Josiah Royce's Deliberative Democracy for Multicultural Conflict and Education6. Aliens and Neighbors: Jane Addams and the Reframing of the Undocumented Immigration Debate 7. Cesar Chavez and the Pluralist Foundations of US American Democracy ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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