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|Description:||viii, 294 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||I. The problem. [Pt.] 1. A dubious battle in Oakland --
II. The exhaustion of commonality. [Pt.] 2. "A prodigious amalgam." The dream, the pot, and the popular front ; Red blood, green lawns, and the grand creed ; The Vietnam crackup and the "anti-American" Left ; The Reagan restoration ; Nothing fails like success --
[Pt.] 3. The fragmentation of the idea of the left. United humanity and the United States ; From a theory to end all classes to a theology without God ; The New Left and the search for surrogate universals --
III. The aggrandizement of difference. [Pt.] 4. The coloring of America? --
[Pt.] 5. Marching on the English department while the right took the White House. The cant of identity ; The beauty and power of blackness ; The ethnic multiplication ; The separatist impulse ; Culture as surrogate politics, campus as surrogate world ; The profusion of identities --
[Pt.] 6. The recoil. The scarlet letters ; The selectivity of media obsessions ; The right turn ; Another dubious battle --
[Pt.] 7. Where we're coming from. Blinded identities ; The shadowed Enlightenment --
IV. The poignancy of multiculturalism. [Pt.] 8. The fate of the commons.