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9 8. I<U;O'Ct<r: 7f(" (/2~Cl/U E' C!, d uo3 9"/0 dc,r, cL 8wit ( i,u '4 I'; 1,1: Z '(rlLCc¥)~u, IJUIU/ Ropers-Huilman, B. (Ed.) (2003). Genderedfutures in higher education: Critical perspectivesfor change. Albany: State University ofNew York Press. NOTtCE: THIS MATERfAl MAY BE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT lAW (TITLE 17 U.s. COOD Gender, Race, and Millennia! Curiosity Ana M. Martinez Aleman In this chapter, the significance and importance of a raced deliberation of gen- der in higher education scholarship is considered. The failure of higher educa- tion research and scholarship to explore the many ways gender and race are interdependent and dynamic elements of identity and thus significant for the development of consciousness and conduct are examined. Given the continued and growing participation of all women in post-secondary education, continu- ing to disregard gender's racial details and distinctions in higher education research and scholarship is a dangerous trend for this new millennium. When asked to contemplate for the pages of the New York Times Magazine the prospects for the twenty-first century, noted author Stanley Crouch sur- mised that "race, as we currently obsess over it, will cease to mean as much 100 years from today" (Crouch, 1996, p. 271). Crouch speculated that the "interna- tional flow of images and information" would change the realities of lives on the planet, realities that will reflect a material reshaping and ideological recon- struction of race. Crouch rightly predicts (given the demographics of immi- gration, migration, diaspora, exile, interracial births, and the real and virtual collapse of cultural and national borders) that how Americans have come to know and understand race, how our behaviors have been shaped by this con- sciousness, will be a historic curiosity. What is absent from and implied by Crouch's prognostication is itself a "curiosity" of gendered significance. Crouch's view of "race," not unlike those of other writers and scholars of this century, is an experiential schema free of the complications presented by gender. He submits us to an account of "race," meaningfully constructed within present and future politics, that is apparently free of experiential interruptions and that is somehow independent of the ef- fects of gender and gender relations. The realities that will be recast by Crouch's ideological shift in the twenty-first century appear to have no sexual or gender differences, no positions within consciousness other than the specter of "race." Implicit in this view, then, is the supposition that "race" is and will be similarly experienced by all, that such an experience is and will continue to be 179
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180 181 GENDER, RACE, AND MILLENIAL CURIOSITY normative, and that experiencing "race" can be independent of all the ways our bodies are conferred, including appropriate gendered meaning. Based on an ex- planation of "race" that obscures or ignores other markers of identity, it is a grossly simple and highly suspect prediction. "Race" consciousness without a
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