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ERIC Number: ED361687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-1
Pages: 15
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Troping through the Mire: Language of the Multicultural Curricula Debate.
Hall, Anne-Marie
Multiculturalism (like crossculturalism and transculturalism) is an emergent, interdisciplinary concept--one that is rife with images. The metaphoric language of "why" (embrace multiculturalism) is filled with arguments for or against multiculturalism paired with problems and burdens, coupled with disease, and most frequently, troped as war (for example "academic death squads,""generals," and "fire-breathing faculty"). The metaphors describing multicultural curricula are more varied than those of the debate for or against it. They include metaphors of body, nature, food, property, architecture, and motion. Because multiculturalism has no referent, to work toward defining it involves considering what it is not. It is not a solution; it is a strategy for change. It is a capacity, an emergent interdisciplinary concept that will be invented and defined in terms of what it is, what it is not, and how a multicultural curriculum might look. (NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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