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ERIC Number: EJ831990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 82
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0960
Waking up the Neighbors: Surveying Multicultural and Antiracist Education in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Lund, Darren E.
Multicultural Perspectives, v8 n1 p35-43 Apr 2006
Contemporary academic discourse about diversity and discrimination is a multilayered and contested landscape, with intersecting and conflicting views from a variety of ideological and theoretical positions even from within the field of education. Compounding this tumult are manifestations of nationalist perspectives that may employ similar terminology but in very different senses. Even among scholars who define themselves as working in the field of multicultural education there is a wide range of thought and activity that often confounds attempts to define a common purpose, or indeed, any meaningful expression of political solidarity among its avowed supporters toward social justice. Certainly no one desires a monolithic vehicle for a complex and multifaceted field of inquiry that holds diversity near its heart, but scratching a bit at the perplexing and sometimes paralyzing contestation among multicultural educators might offer some helpful illumination. The author humbly undertakes to initiate a conversation on how contemporary multicultural educators and researchers in three very similar democratic Western countries approach pedagogical concerns around racism and other discrimination. In this article, the author begins with a brief exposition of one wide swath of the larger fabric of social justice education, limiting his focus mainly to addressing notions of "multicultural education" and "antiracist education" as they have been defined and used in their relatively brief existence. Following an overview of some current regional political and policy developments in this field, the author attends to the Canadian historical and academic context and follows with a brief overview of British and U.S. discussions in this field. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United Kingdom; United States