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ERIC Number: EJ795046
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1474-9041
Taking Identity Seriously: Dilemmas for Education Policy and Practice
Gewirtz, Sharon; Cribb, Alan
European Educational Research Journal, v7 n1 p39-49 2008
If we are to fully understand and adequately respond to the multicultural question in European education, it is necessary to develop rich empirical descriptions and theoretically rigorous explanations of policy processes and effects. For example, we need to be able to characterise and explain the differentiated ways in which education policies and practices do or do not recognise, support or undermine diverse cultural identities and do or do not reproduce various kinds of educational and social inequality. But we also need to be able to produce some kind of account of what "ought" to be going on. The latter involves confronting a number of important questions: Why does identity matter? What is ethically entailed by--and what are the limits to--recognising and supporting diverse cultural identities? In what ways are the various currents of multiculturalism an adequate response to these complex normative questions? In this article, the authors begin to respond to these questions by mapping out some of the dilemmas involved in taking both identity and equality seriously. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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