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ERIC Number: EJ1134405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
Denials of Racism in Canadian English Language Textbooks
Gulliver, Trevor; Thurrell, Kristy
TESL Canada Journal, v33 spec iss 10 p42-61 2016
This critical discourse analysis examines denials of racism in descriptions of Canada and Canadians from English language textbooks. Denials of racism often accompany racist and nationalist discourse, preempting observations of racism. The study finds that in representations of Canada or Canadians, English language texts minimize and downplay racism in Canada's past and present while problematically and uncritically constructing Canadians as committed to multiculturalism and ethnic and racial diversity. The authors echo the call made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for antiracist education and education materials that speak frankly of racism in Canadian history.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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