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ERIC Number: ED441742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 22
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Multiculturalism in the 21st Century: Challenges and Possibilities.
May, Stephen
This paper outlines, at a general theoretical level, what are seen as the key issues that are facing multiculturalism and, by implication, multicultural education as the world moves into the 21st century. The paper contends that it is necessary to reassess continually what mistakes have been made in the past, what obstacles still lie ahead, and, in light of both, what might be the best way to proceed. It cites the following challenges to multiculturalism (according to Carlos Torres): the ongoing critique of multiculturalism from the Right; the tendency of multiculturalism to concentrate on culture at the expense of structural concerns such as racism; the challenges that postmodernist understandings of identity present for multiculturalism; and the urgent need to develop a multiculturalist paradigm that effectively addresses and, where necessary, redresses all of the above. The paper charts the multiculturalist responses to these four broad challenges, as they currently stand. It concludes briefly by arguing that "critical multiculturalism" offers the best means by which multiculturalism as a paradigm might proceed in this new century. (Contains 6 notes and 119 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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