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ERIC Number: EJ1064975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Intersectionality and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Dhamoon, Rita Kaur; Hankivsky, Olena
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v37 n2-3 p261-263 2015
In this commentary, the authors propose than an intersectionality perspective can transform understandings of the contentious content of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). The use of an intersectionality perspective starts from the position that such discourses as racialization, gendering, capitalism, and ableism are mutually coconstituting, at all levels of society, including cultural institutions such as the CMHR. The authors chose to forefront the CMHR content to demonstrate its inextricable link to setting the terms of debates and discussion among groups who are competing with one another to have their human rights abuses represented and commemorated in the museum's content. Through three key CMHR examples the authors show how intersectionality can help reframe theories and practices around traumatic histories and violent pasts--including curatorial and pedagogical decisions--and by paying attention to the production and effects of intersecting discourses. In answering how best to navigate the content of the CMHR, the authors emphasize that attention to intersecting, mutually co-constituting forces of power can open up, rather that foreclose possibilities of social and political transformation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Winnipeg)