Revolutionary Peace through Ethnic Studies
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Paradigms, from resistance to domination, emphasize women and provide a frame for discovering the universal in how people cope with disadvantages. Each chapter’s discussion topics stimulate critical thinking, instead of partisan polemics. Supporting active learning, this aims to cultivate mutual understanding and respect, strengthen values of self-determination, equal access, civic participation and cooperative action for peace and prosperity.
Part I Spanish Colonial Background
1. Cultures of War and Peace
2. The Spanish World System
3. Latin American Syncretism
4. Caribbean Solitude
Part II United States Expansion
5. Sea to Shining Sea
6. Civil War to World Empire
7. Territorial Recovery
8. Obstacles from Defeatism
Part III The Human Revolution
10. Spirituality for Peace
11. Ethnic Studies
Born of parents from Puerto Rico, José dedicated his life to work for peace as wars continued after World War II. For his M.A. thesis research, he lived in the poverty of a sugar cane plantation. For a Ph.D. in economic development at the University of Minnesota, he wrote "Return Migration to Puerto Rico" on how U.S. factory relocation to cheap-labor nations drove the flow back. Then, for six years he designed and managed poverty eradication projects in Brazil, with an academic position at the University of São Paulo and international funding.
Politics drove Hernández to return and teach at the University of Arizona, where he wrote "People Power and Policy," on economic development from the bottom up. As Research Director at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, he organized a national data file on income inequality (matching gender, race and economic variables), producing a report to the U.S. President and Congress. José also prepared documentation for Congressional approval of Public Law 94-311, mandating federal agencies to add a Spanish Origin (Hispanic) identifier to data on the nation's population...which the media dubbed as creating a "second minority."
After eight years as a University of Wisconsin professor, Hernández joined the faculty of the Black and Puerto Rican Studies Department at Hunter College, CUNY. There, he wrote "Conquered Peoples in America," through five editions, a textbook on groups made part of the Nation as a result of war and occupation, combined with learning English.
A welcome and much-needed addition to modern social science shelves, March 3, 2008 By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)
This review is from: REVOLUTIONARY PEACE THROUGH ETHNIC STUDIES (Paperback)
Revolutionary Peace through Ethnic Studies is a groundbreaking study by Jose Hernandez Alvarez (a professor in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York for eighteen years) that seeks to isolate the unique elements that distinguish a "culture of war" - one that tends toward violence and force to resolve disputes - from a "culture of peace" - one that tends toward negotiation and cooperation to resolve disputes. Searching through the annals of history, Revolutionary Peace through Ethnic Studies reviews the positive and negative lessons to be learned from Spanish colonialism and empire-building, Latin American syncretism, Caribbean isolation, twentieth-century American history and much more. Eschewing partisan politics, such as heavy-handed tendencies to browbeat conservative vs. liberal or assimilationist vs. multicultural points of view into the reader's brain, Revolutionary Peace through Ethnic Studies instead gradually leads the reader to the big questions: How can nation-states improve domestic harmony in the present day? How can the United States best serve as a leader for world peace? A welcome and much-needed addition to modern social science shelves, especially recommended for college library collections, that deserves to be required reading for aspiring politicians - especially in America's modern era of demographical shift toward an increasingly Latino population.