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Uncommon SchoolsThe Global Rise of Postsecondary Institutions for Indigenous Peoples$
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Wade Cole

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804772105

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804772105.001.0001

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Ethnocentric Curricula and the Politics of Difference

Ethnocentric Curricula and the Politics of Difference

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(p.179) Chapter Six Ethnocentric Curricula and the Politics of Difference
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DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804772105.003.0007

Ethnocentrism is a curricular orientation in which the experiences and perspectives, the culture, and the identity of a particular group are centered as the point of reference and development. This chapter presents results from a statistical analysis of tribal and black college curricula, focusing in particular on the institutional, political, and legal forces that shape the composition of formal curricula at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The chapter presents evidence that TCUs incorporate distinctively American Indian traditions and worldviews into the formal curriculum much more extensively than HBCUs incorporate African American content or perspectives. Tribal sovereignty plays a central role in the efforts of American Indians tribes to infuse culturally distinctive curricula at their own colleges and universities. African Americans, who lack sovereignty, have been much less successful at doing so.

Keywords:   ethnocentrism, curricular orientation, culture, identity, tribal colleges and universities, historically black colleges and universities, American Indian, African American, tribal sovereignty, sovereignty

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