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We are inviting academic editorial contributors to Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia, a new 4 volume reference work to be published by SAGE Reference in 2013. The encyclopedia entries are now completely assigned with the exception of the following ten topics: Cabinet Secretaries 2000 words The entry should address the historical trajectory of ethnic participation not just multiracial participation in the cabinet. It should provide a clear narrative of the stages by which different groups gained admission into the Cabinet, beginning with foreign-born secretaries. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. 2500 words This entry should begin with a paragraph identifying the agency, indicating when it was established, and locating it within the federal government structure. This should be followed by a brief (two or three paragraph) narrative of the historical evolution of the agency from its beginnings and with different names. This could include the Border Patrol, which was established in the 1920s, and the Customs Service, tracing this evolution up to its current status in the post-9/11 government reorganization. The main body of the entry should be the agency's historical and contemporary roles in the shaping of Multicultural America: its role as the guard of the U.S.-Mexican and U.S.-Canadian borders; its role in terms of dealing with immigration by sea and air; its changing role within America' ethnic communities; and the way that it has been perceived by different ethnic communities. Equity and Equality 2500 words This entry should examine the difference in these two ideas, particularly as they have played out in Multicultural America. Equality (everyone should be treated alike) vs. Equity (people should be treated differently out of respect for their specific cultures and in order to achieve fairness and equitable results). The author may want to examine a couple of examples of this debate, such as over Affirmative Action, voting rights laws, health care, etc. Generations and Ethnic Diversity 2500 words This entry should examine how experiences have differed (such as occupational and educational achievement) between first, second, and third generation ethnic people. It should also address what generations have meant in terms of acculturation, ethnic identity, and the maintenance and/or loss of ethnic cultures and languages. The entry can also address inter-generational conflicts among ethnic groups. The author may also want to illustrate this with examples of specific ethnic groups, such as Japanese Americans, who have labels for different generations Hegemony 1000 words First, explain the concept of hegemony. Second, explain how the concept of hegemony has played out in the history of the development of race and ethnicity in the United States and in contemporary Multicultural America. One way to approach this second part of the entry is to look at how contemporary scholars, including ethnic scholars, have applied the idea of hegemony in their analyses of race and ethnicity in the United States. For example, they have employed this concept in analyzing media, textbooks, and political structures. House of Representatives, U.S. 3000 words This can be a relatively straight-forward narrative of the changing composition of the House, including the changing presence of different ethnic groups (for example, Italians, Irish, Poles, and Jews) and different groups of people of color (African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans). It could also address the establishment of different ethnic caucuses within the House. A bonus would be if the entry could identify specific moments in the House where legislation was developed that deeply influenced the trajectory of Multicultural America. However, the latter is not necessary for the entry. Labels (Group) 2000 words This entry should address the development of ethnic group labels in the United States -- in government, popular culture, and the mass media. For example, it might include such events as last week's decision by the Associated Press to drop the label, "Illegal Immigrant." Please note that there is another entry, "Epithets, Racial and Ethnic." While the Labels entry can include the topic of epithets, the purpose of the entry is much broader -- to examine the development of ethnic group labels, whether positive, negative, or neutral. The entry might also include a brief discussion of the role that the federal government plays in making certain labels official or discarding them, but this discussion does not need to be long, as there are numerous other entries on specific Census labels. Pluralism 1500 words There is lots of flexibility here. The entry should identify what pluralism means, indicate and briefly describe different kinds of pluralism (for example, ethnic, cultural, and religious pluralism), briefly discuss different kinds of ideological positions concerning pluralism that have developed in the United States, and how the idea of pluralism helps us to understand Multicultural America. Religion and Ethnic Diversity 4500 words This entry should address the roles that religion has played in the historical development of multicultural America. This would include the instances in which religious groups have been part of the ethnic experience (for example, Jews and Muslims) and the ways that religion has intersected with ethnic experience (for example, the impact of Catholicism on the Irish American and Italian American experiences, the role of Black churches, the tensions involving Native American religious practices, the role of immigration in expanding the U.S. religious map, and the role of religion in politics such as the electoral contests involving Al Smith, Jack Kennedy, Joseph Lieberman, and Mitt Romney). The author may wish to emphasize other dimensions of the religion-ethnicity intersection, but these are some ideas. Roles (Social and Cultural) 1500 words This entry has lots of flexibility. However, it needs to do at least two basic things. First, it needs to explain the meaning of social and cultural roles as discussed in such fields as anthropology, sociology, psychology, and intercultural communication. Second, it needs to provide examples of how the presence of ethnic diversity, which involves varying types of roles (for example, gender and generational roles) within different ethnic groups, has influenced the development of Multicultural America. The final deadline for submissions is May 15, 2013. Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia presents state-of-the-art research, ready-to-use facts, and multimedia pedagogy. The approximately 950 signed entries (with cross-references and further readings) will cover issues in historical and contemporary ethnic and multicultural studies. The print 4 volumes and the online edition with 100 videos will include information relevant to the following academic disciplinary contexts: the demographic and cultural balance of the United States today and tomorrow; arts and media; business and economics; criminal justice; education; family studies; health; media; military; politics; science and technology; sports; and religion. From A-to-Z, this work covers the spectrum of defining and illuminating multiculturalism. The goals of this encyclopedia are to help readers gain a better understanding of: the historical development of multicultural America. the contemporary American multicultural mosaic. the possible future trajectories of American multiculturalism. In writing, contributors should consider their entries' contribution to these three goals. Where appropriate, entries should include data from and references to the 2010 United States census. This comprehensive project will be published by SAGE Reference in 2013 and will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a print and digital product available to students via the library's electronic services. The General Editor, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, is Dr. Carlos E. Cortés, Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, Riverside. If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature, redefining sociological issues in today's terms. Moreover, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more. If you would like to contribute to "Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia," please contact me by the e-mail information below. Please provide a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials in related disciplines. I will provide you with the submission guidelines and sample article for your review. Thanks very much. Lisbeth Rogers Author Manager firstname.lastname@example.org --30--