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ERIC Number: EJ795507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1478-2103
Multiculturalism, Recognition and Abjection: (Re)Mapping Italian Identity
Kowalczyk, Jamie; Popkewitz, Thomas S.
Policy Futures in Education, v3 n4 p423-435 2005
This article focuses Italy's conversations about multiculturalism as dual processes of national homogeneity and abjection with respect to its growing conversation around citizenship, national identity and immigration. Abjection is a concept that directs attention to border-making through dual cultural practices of recognizing and managing difference; these practices, however, simultaneously produce ghettoes of difference within the imaginary of the nation. Italian schools, along with other EU member schools, have been designated as a central institution for the production of the new citizen, both European and, in this case, Italian. Through an analysis of documents from the European Union and Italian Ministry of Education, one can begin to map the multiple multicultural citizenships that make up these relational new citizens. This work gives intelligibility to particular dispositions, particular practices, ways of being and systems of reasoning connected to the new multicultural citizen. In doing so, it also makes visible the non-European, non-Italian and non-multicultural within multicultural, European Italy. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy