Elusive Culture

Elusive Culture

Schooling, Race, And Identity In Global Times

eBook - 2000
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At one point I thought of myself as a Black person and that limits me because as a Black person there are things that I am suppose[d] to be. So I had to shed that. I am not just Black. I am a woman, and that limits me as well. [But,] if I think that I am limited then I don t dare risk anything or try to do anything. So bust being Black and bust being a woman . Margaret, a student at Maple Heights Elusive Culture is a fascinating ethnographic study of youth engaged in a passionate quest for identity in global times. It explores questions of identity and culture at a Toronto high school, a space wherein teachers and students alike shift and slide in relation to the policies and practices of anti-racism, multiculturalism, and the competing discourses of identity. Drawing on personal observations, conversations with students and teachers, experimental work in drama, use of video, and student writings, Yon develops a complex view of identity and culture, one attuned to the ambivalent and contradictory processes of everyday life. Elusive Culture brushes provocatively against the grain of most ethnographic texts, refusing to work out and work out of a rigid set of binary oppositions and gesturing instead toward the evocative intersection of spatial practices, ambivalence, routed-ness, and subjectivity.
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, c2000.
ISBN: 9780585285085
Characteristics: xiv, 175 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: NetLibrary, Inc


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