Introduction: Rethinking Multiculturalism and Curricular Knowledge for the Twenty-First Century

Ram Mahalingam, Cameron McCarthy

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The epigraph above is an excerpt from a letter written on May 16,1999 by three members of India’s Congress Working Committee (CWC) to Sonia Gandhi, an Italian-born daughter-in-law in the Nehru dynasty in India. It was written because Sonia was being primed to become the prime minister of India by a party elite opportunistically preparing for the upcoming general elections. It reflects an important predicament-the need to essentialize one’s identity through a search for one’s roots, especially when there is a perceived threat to the established social order.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMulticultural Curriculum
Subtitle of host publicationNew Directions for Social Theory, Practice, and Policy
EditorsRam Mahalingam, Cameron McCarthy
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781136052149, 9780203611166
ISBN (Print)9780415920131, 9780415920148
StatePublished - Apr 27 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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