The power in multicultural education: examining the discourses

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(Thesis) M.A.
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Since its introduction in Canada over forty years ago, institutions have adopted the Multiculturalism Policy in different ways. Drawing on Foucault’s analysis of the relationship between power and knowledge, I frame the Multiculturalism Policy and its discourses in his concept of bio-power and its mechanisms. By unpacking these discourses that have shaped multicultural education, I focus on how the practices in multicultural education might have played a role in perpetuating unequal relations of power rather than fostering equity and plurality. How does what we know shape how we constitute others and ourselves in a multicultural classroom? This study examines the relationship between knowledge and power in the dynamic of relations and explores the possibilities in our capacities to disrupt this relationship.
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Thesis advisor: Bingham, Charles
Thesis advisor: Lee, Ena
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