Canadian scholars
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2013 education and the politics of difference 2e cvr
216 pages
6 x 9 inches
March 2013
Print ISBN: 9781551305318
eBook ISBN: 9781551305332
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Overview

Despite decades of multicultural education policies, cultural minorities and the peoples of the First Nations continue to be marginalized in Canadian schools. In Education and the Politics of Difference, authors Ratna Ghosh and Ali A. Abdi expose the problematic constructions of difference in schooling contexts, where differences are either treated as surface issues that do not affect the lives of learners, or superficially celebrated in terms that do not question power relations in schools and society. This revised and expanded second edition engages the broad theories of multicultural and inclusive education, and provides case studies of Canadian multicultural education policies, such as the unique situation of Aboriginal education. With this discussion of how differences of race, class, gender, sexuality, and other differences are viewed — particularly in a post-9/11 world - this book extends the possibilities of a more open-minded global understanding and appreciation of difference.

The book closes with a discussion of the future of multicultural and inclusive education, envisioning a school system where difference is normalized and seen as a fundamental human trait essential for social and human well-being.


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Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgements

Chapter One: Education and the Politics of Difference: An Introduction

Chapter Two: Schooling and Society: Perspectives on Knowledge, Culture, and Difference

Chapter Three: Issues in Multicultural Education

Chapter Four: Multicultural Policy and Multicultural Education: A Canadian Case Study

Chapter Five: Education and the Globalization of Difference with Reference to the Post-September 11 World

Chapter Six: Multicultural Education in the Future

References

Ratna Ghosh

Ratna Ghosh is James McGill Professor and William C. Macdonald Professor at McGill University, where she was also Dean of the Faculty of Education. The recipient of several awards from national and international organizations, she was featured in Time magazine as one of “Canada’s Best in Education.”

Education and the Politics of Difference, 2nd Edition, Redefining Multicultural Education, 3rd Edition

Ali A. Abdi

Ali A. Abdi is the Department Head and a Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia.


Reviews

"This vital book fills a very real gap in the literature on multiculturalism. It makes a valuable contribution to the present discourse on difference in which diversity tends to be conflated and collapsed; in doing so, all differences great and small are flattened. Ghosh and Abdi do not go that route; their work is soundly grounded in theory for the social sciences, and extends the discussion, for example, by critiquing the evolution of Canadian multiculturalism policy, and critically analysing Aboriginal issues."
—  Cecille DePass, University of Calgary

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