Race, text, and the politics of official knowledge

A critical investigation of a social science textbook in Ontario

Goli M. Rezai-Rashti, Cameron R McCarthy

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Abstract

This paper deals with the discourses related to race and anti-racism in a social sciences textbook for grade 12 Ontario students that was published in 2002. It is argued that the complexities of race and anti-racism are not dealt with systematically and cohesively. The textbook does not adequately address the topics of race and racism within the present Canadian social structure, leaving the discussion of complex and controversial ideas concerning race and racism virtually unexplored. In addition, the opportunity to make use of current scholarly work has been ignored or distorted. This is particularly important in light of recent developments regarding the impact of September 11, and the ensuing 'war on terror' and the changing dynamic of race relations in North America.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-540
Number of pages14
JournalDiscourse
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Anti-racist education
  • Race and curriculum
  • Race and educational policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Race, text, and the politics of official knowledge : A critical investigation of a social science textbook in Ontario. / Rezai-Rashti, Goli M.; McCarthy, Cameron R.

In: Discourse, Vol. 29, No. 4, 01.12.2008, p. 527-540.

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