Thematic Sources for Incorporating Diversity into the Classroom

This page presents a bibliography collected from previous Doyle Engaging Difference seminars, which are structured to engage diversity and pluralism in the classroom. These books are for faculty seeking to integrate material into syllabi to address issues and challenges of social, religious, and cultural pluralism. Topics include cultural studies, gender, globalization, and race/immigration.
Cultural Studies 

Boulding, Elise. Cultures of Peace: The Hidden Side of History. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2000.
Boulding argues that cultures of peace exist alongside the predominantly violent cultures and narratives of the globe.

Mead, Margaret. Culture and Commitment. New York: DoubleDay, 1970.
Mead posits the theory of cultural evolution and emphasizes the role of generational interaction in directing the development of culture. 


Butler, Judith. “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory.” Theater Journal 40, no. 4 (1988): 519-531. 
Butler argues that gender identity is constituted in time through performance in response to social sanctions and taboo.

Davis, Angela. Blues Legacies and Black Feminism. New York: Pantheon Books, 1998. 
This book is an analysis of the songs of blues singers “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday that explores the artists’ social impact, particularly in the realm of race and gender.

de Beauvoir, Simone. The Second Sex. Translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier. New York: Vintage Books, 2011.
This is a newly translated and unabridged version of Simone de Beauvoir’s pivotal 1949 work, exploring the history of the oppression of women.   


Lewellen, Ted C. The Anthropology of Globalization: Cultural Anthropology Enters the 21st Century. Westport: Bergin & Garvey, 2002. 
Lewellen uses ethnographic research to examine the way globalization impacts people and groups around the world such as migrants, peasants, tribal peoples, men, and women

Sassen, Saskia. Globalization and its Discontents. New York: New Press, 1998. 
This book is a collection of essays exploring topics such as the “global city,” gender and migration, information technology, and the new dynamics of inequality.


Horsman, Reginald. Race and Manifest Destiny: Origins of American Racial Anglo-Saxonism. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981.
This volume connects American racism with the rise of Anglo-Saxon, Teutonic, and scientific ideologies to show that the “science” of racial hierarchies is actually constructed from social circumstances. 

Miles, Robert, and Rudy Torres. “Does Race Matter: Transatlantic Perspectives on Racism After ‘Race Relations.’” In Race and Racialization: Essential Readings, ed. Tania Das Gupta. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc., 2007. 
Authors question the assumption that “race” is just biological and that social scientists must utilize a concept of “race” to analyze their subjects.

Ngai, Mae, and Jon Gjerde. Major Problems in American Immigration History. Wadsworth: Cengage, 2012. 
This is a collection of analytical essays that explore the political and economic factors of immigration and relocation.