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ERIC Number: EJ774791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0033-1538
Forging a Common Sense of Belonging: Respecting the Diversity of Identities
Auduc, Jean-Louis
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v36 n3 p319-326 Sep 2006
Young people from the suburbs of the major cities of France rioted for several days in November 2005, damaging vehicles, companies and local infrastructure. This violence is a manifestation of the exasperation of young people from these suburbs against the discrimination they experience in terms of access to employment, to housing, due to the colour of their skin, origin, religion, even where they live. At a deeper level, this violence revealed their suicidal hopelessness in attacking their daily reality. Thus, in this article, the author states that building a common project for living together is therefore a challenge for society. It needs to be given the means to ensure the coexistence within the same area of individuals who do not have the same convictions, rather than placing them side by side in a mosaic of communities closed to the outside and mutually exclusive. It is a means of ensuring the coexistence of individuals who do not necessarily share the same point of view. The challenge facing the inclusive school is therefore not to oppose cultures and traditions, but to start from the principle that each culture contributes a part of the whole, to provide, without paternalistic of neo-colonialist attitudes, knowledge about history, the cultures of the countries of origin and the French national and European heritages in order to forge a common feeling of belonging that does not deny the diversity of identities. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France