SAAP Annual Meeting 2014

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Addams on cultural pluralism, European Immigrants, and African Americans

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Addams wrote extensively on the significance and value of immigrant cultures of origin, both for immigrants themselves and for non-immigrant Americans. Her theory of cultural pluralism is democratic and cosmopolitan. However, in essays on culture and African Americans she does not extend her theory to encompass African American culture. In the paper I develop Addams’s theory of cultural pluralism. I then point out resources in her theory of cultural pluralism that could have been extended to include African American culture and identify barriers in her theorizing to doing so.


Marilyn Fischer    
University of Dayton
United States


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