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ERIC Number: ED410574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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"Unison in Variety, Congeniality in Difference": Sifting beyond the Multicultural Sieve.
Kumamoto, Chikako D.
Multiculturalism and its attendant meanings have undergone several metamorphoses. Among many reasons, rapid technological change, the media of mass communication, easy world travel, and availability of higher education are altering both the way individuals look at their culture and the way cultures look at the individual's sense of self, leaving all elastic and in flux. A new cosmopolitanism is emerging wherein the sense of self becomes a matter of cultural crafting through "self-fashioning"--an increased self-consciousness about the fashioning of human identity as a manipulable, artful process. This is exemplified by a group of individuals whose national or cultural identity is mixed by virtue of migration, overseas education, or parentage. Multicultural ontology is a cognitive exercise entailing a complex analysis of the facets within, while a new text is constantly constructed through merging different spheres of discourse while continuing on one. But what can be the possible rhetorical strategies whereby a syncretistic self-culture organizes itself? In "Woman in the Nineteenth Century," Margaret Fuller's major rhetorical design works within connecting several margins of discourse context, each producing cumulative epistemological meaning. In the final analysis, multiculturalism as a pedagogical practice, more than a celebration of ethnic or gender diversity, should play an intimate role in the weaving and reifying of a path to students' critical understanding and their enlightened and creative learning. (Contains 51 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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