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Lecture 5: Identity Politics as a Response to Globalization (4th February)

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Department
Anthropology
Course Code
ANTB20H3
Professor
Girish Daswani

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Culture and Identity Politics as a Response to Globalization
Identity Politics
Having a culture
Possessing a history
Hybridity and mixing <-> purification (creation of distinct identities)
Multiculturalism in Canada, required?
Strong sentiments of nationalism at that time
Rather than a separation to take place, multiculturalism was brought
in
oIe: more than two groups in Canada
Royal Commission of Biculturalism and Bilingualism
oFormed by the Liberal Government at that time
oSaved Canada from literally splitting apart.
European policies were presumed to be better.
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Multiculturalism as a driving force behind the construction of culture in
Canada
Why was it adopted?
What gets left out?
oInequalities that exist certain cultures that need to be addressed
Who are ‘we as Canadians?
oAside from “eh, hockey, etc.
oImportant, dependent on context!
^People are more divided, in some ways. Assumption that people are
becoming more homogeneous/similar contradicts the fact that there are more
ethnic clashes/conflicts within the nation.
Colonialism assigned groups to people, to be control them/mediate
them.
oAt the same time, people do it themselves to assert their claim.
Ex: Kosovo; conflict with ethnicity as well as religion.
Ex: Turks and Greeks
Ex: Separation of Pakistan from India
oDue to political conflict; prior to this, everybody co-existed.
FOBS vs Im from here
oAllows you to stake a claim that they dont have
oYou are different. Moreover, you are better/superior.
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Culture and Identity Politics as a Response to Globalization Identity Politics Having a culture Possessing a history Hybridity and mixing purification (creation of distinct identities) Multiculturalism in Canada, required? Strong sentiments of nationalism at that time Rather than a separation to take place, multiculturalism was brought in o Ie: more than two groups in Canada Royal Commission of Biculturalism and Bilingualism o Formed by the Liberal Government at that time o Saved Canada from literally splitting apart. European policies were presumed to be better. Multiculturalism as a driving force behind the construction of culture in Canada Why was it adopted? What gets left out? o Inequalities that exist certain cultures that need to be addressed Wh
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