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Constructions of anti-racist education in Britain and Canada

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alastair Bonnett


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The aim of this paper is to compare constructions of anti-racist education in Canada and Britain. Particular attention is given to developments in the province of Ontario and in England and Wales. It is argued that the ideological characteristics of anti-racism in each country have been shaped by particular national and local discourses of 'racial', national and political identity. We show that while the impact of anti-racism on educational policy making in England and Wales has declined significantly since the 1980s, this has not occurred in Ontario (where anti-racism remains a potent influence). Some of the hey dilemmas faced by both British and Canadian anti-racist practitioners, grass-roots activists and scholars are identified and the emergence and growth of anti-racist education in both societies assessed. We conclude by reflecting upon the value of comparative studies of anti-racist education.

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Author(s): Bonnett A, Carrington B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Comparative Education

Year: 1996

Volume: 32

Issue: 3

Pages: 271-288

Print publication date: 01/11/1996

ISSN (print): 0305-0068

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0486


DOI: 10.1080/03050069628713


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