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Lecture Jan 23-Culture and Multiculture lecture outline.doc (sosc 1350)

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SOSC 1880
Anna Pratt

“CULTURE” AND “MULTICULTURE” [Multiculturalism] reduces the problem of social justice into questions of curry and turban. —Himani Bannerji (1942-present) 1. Official Multiculturalism in Canadian Public Policy and Law a. Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (1963-1969) b. federal multiculturalism policy (1971) c. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982) d. Canadian Multiculturalism Act (Bill C-93, 1988) 2. Multiculturalism from 1990s-Present a. in political discourse b. demand from above (rather than below) c. concerns granting/funding, electoral politics, “ethnic” cultural fairs and religious celebrations, legal defenses in court (but not social justice) d. organizes social, cultural, political and legal spaces in Canada e. video clip: Little Mosque on the Prairie, “Flying While Muslim” (2007) 3. Multiculturalism and Canadian Nationalism a. form of moral superiority over the U.S. b. yet multiculturalism is seen as a problem when (white) images of “Canadiana” are disturbed i. Mount
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