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Manifestations of Diversity: An Ecological Analysis of the Institutionalization of Ethnic Studies Programs

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dc.contributor.advisor McNeely, Connie L. Hopewell, Lindsey M.
dc.creator Hopewell, Lindsey M. 2014-12 2015-08-19T14:36:49Z 2015-08-19T14:36:49Z 2015-08-19
dc.description.abstract Ethnic studies programs in United States colleges and universities began in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely as a result of political and social movements that reflected a growing awareness of marginalized groups within society and their place (or lack thereof) within academia and, more to the point, of their largely omitted or overlooked place within and contributions to various disciplinary fields across academia. Even today, ethnic studies programs as such are evidenced only in approximately a quarter of all four-year institutions, and many of those programs face regular challenges to their existence, giving rise to critical questions about their disciplinary institutionalization. This study provides an analysis based on an organizational ecology perspective to explore whether changes in certain factors, such as geographical locale, population density, ethnic distribution, school type, and various other external and internal features, play a role in the establishment and institutionalization of these programs. This research fits into larger discussions of organizational behavior and contextual relations, while also addressing more specifically how changes in demographics might impact higher education and the growth of related academic fields in the United States.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2014 Lindsey M. Hopewell en_US
dc.subject African American Studies en_US
dc.subject Asian American Studies en_US
dc.subject Ethnic Studies en_US
dc.subject Institutionalization en_US
dc.subject Latino/a Studies en_US
dc.subject Public Policy en_US
dc.title Manifestations of Diversity: An Ecological Analysis of the Institutionalization of Ethnic Studies Programs en_US
dc.type Dissertation en PhD in Public Policy en_US Doctoral en Public Policy en George Mason University en

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