8 - Dynamic flowering of multiplicities Borderness A...

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Classroom Focal point of theoretical and practical debate Debate on viability of culturally diverse materials Center of cultural formation and dissemination Examination of culture (including gender, race, class, and ethnicity) is not a comfortable objective Why? Fear of difference e.g. melting pot/salad bowl
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The I ssue Not just an insider/outsider problem Not a simple we/they opposition Not a masculine/feminine construction Not just a matter of access to a dominant culture Rather it is a questioning of culture as determined by conscious or unconscious policies of exclusion based on inequalities perceived in some cultural differences Debate more complicated---people of color (not equivalent to race or ethnicity)
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The Intersection Race, ethnicity, gender e.g. children of the chasm, opening between 1 st & 3 rd Guillermo Gomez-Pena (performance artist) “mestizaje” (fusion of Amerindian & European races) (border crosser, cultural topographer, myth hunter) Dream of a common culture is gone
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Unformatted text preview: Dynamic flowering of multiplicities Borderness A consciousness of living in the borderlands Useful empathetic tool for understanding the discomfort that educators who face the web of the border feel The only way to transcend those divisions (nationality, ethnicity, race, class, and gender) is to forge a civic culture that respects both differences and commonalities. Through education, we seek to comprehend the diversity of human culture. There is no tolerance without respect, and no So what? Fear: difference only divides, cannot bind people Need to understand difference as the common cultural point-it becomes the basis for unity (paradox) What is to be done? How do we do it? How does the experience of difference translate into the classroom environment? How do we sustain a delicate balance between theory and practice? Students as agents in the transformation; to make concrete the individuals experience...
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