Elusive Culture: Schooling, Race, and Identity in Global Times

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State University of New York Press, 10.02.2000 - 175 Seiten
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At one point I thought of myself as a Black person and that limits me because as a Black person there are things that I am suppose[d] to be. So I had to shed that. I am not just Black. I am a woman, and that limits me as well. [But, ]...if I think that I am limited then I don't dare risk anything or try to do anything. So 'bust' being Black and 'bust' being a woman.... -- Margaret, a student at Maple Heights

Elusive Culture is a fascinating ethnographic study of youth engaged in a passionate quest for identity in global times. It explores questions of identity and culture at a Toronto high school, a space wherein teachers and students alike shift and slide in relation to the policies and practices of anti-racism, multiculturalism, and the competing discourses of identity. Drawing on personal observations, conversations with students and teachers, experimental work in drama, use of video, and student writings, Yon develops a complex view of identity and culture, one attuned to the ambivalent and contradictory processes of everyday life.

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Daniel A. Yon is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at York University in Toronto.

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