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ERIC Number: EJ865242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Herouxville's Afghanistan, or, Accumulated Violence
Mookerjea, Sourayan
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v31 n2-3 p177-200 2009
This essay explores the cultural-pedagogical logic of what the author calls the perlocutionary effect of transcendence that the "discourse of the West" produces. This discourse provides a fortified interiority beyond history, but also a door through which racisms, imperialisms, and fascisms of the past can possibly return. The second part of this essay situates the author's discussion of the Herouxville Declaration and the Reasonable Accommodation Debate (as well as the response of the Bouchard-Taylor Commission to them) in relation to the postwar cultural political formation over which a new hegemonic, national identity crystallized. The author also underscores here that, precisely as a hegemonic formation, whatever real and imaginary egalitarian policy content it possessed (or enshrined in the limited form of the Charter guarantees), this was a reaction of crisis management in the face of the struggles of the past; not only to second wave feminism in Canada and elsewhere but to the decolonization movements (of the periphery, of aboriginal peoples, and of the Quebecois) as well as the international labor movement. The third part of this essay turns to consider what the new formations of racism owe to the past. It concludes with a critical discussion of the Bouchard-Taylor Report on the Reasonable Accommodation Debate. (Contains 38 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Afghanistan; Canada