White noise: The attack on political correctness and the struggle for the Western Canon

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Abstract

This paper provides a critical overview of the debate about political correctness and the status of the Western Canon in education. The paper analyses a number of critical themes in the debate: Who is it under attack? What is the Canon which is to be defended? Why does it need to be defended? And what notions of knowing and learning underlie the arguments of the proponents of the Canon? After outlining the ways in which the arguments of those attacking political correctness and defending the Canon are profoundly flawed, the paper suggests that the case for multiculturalism and diversified curriculum needs to be substantially strengthened if it is to present a viable alternative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-329
Number of pages47
JournalInterchange
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Higher education
  • Multiculturalism
  • Political correctness
  • The Canon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Law
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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