By Angela Cheater
An edited assortment which examines the theoretical concerns surrounding energy, and especially empowerment, which makes use of ethnographic research as its foundation. It takes fabric from the center East, Canada, Columbia, Australasia and numerous components of Europe and Africa. It appears to be like quite on the volume to which ordinarily disempowered teams achieve impact in postcolonial or multicultural settings, and at how strength pertains to financial improvement, gender and environmentalism.
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However she refused to be constrained by the power of the discourse that produced those categories in the first place. She refused to be made a mere object, a unitary thing, of the categories with which she worked. Conclusion: the question of ambivalence and power in anti-racism What are some of the issues to be discerned from these ethnographic snapshots from Maple Heights regarding questions of power, empowerment and disempowerment? Returning to my conversations with teachers, among the many issues that seem to be at stake, two stand out.
Popular distinctions between Canada and the US (as reflected in the newspaper quote above) circulate but in contradictory ways. Thus in one breath it is claimed that Canada should be more like the United States, while in the next breath Canada is celebrated for being different from that country. Furthermore the same teacher who was ‘bothered’ by multiculturalism noted that ‘we are known for our compassion and kindness as symbolised by the peace-keeping operations that [Canada] is known for; for not beating our chests about how good the country is; for trying hard to be a caring society, especially towards the ethnic thing’.
Recall 36 THE DISCURSIVE SPACE OF SCHOOLING the anxieties among teachers over blacks ‘now receiving disproportionate attention’ and the populist discourses that collapse race, immigration and crime. In the face of the racist discourse that circulates, Ann spoke of the need to reclaim the identity category ‘African’ even if it meant new hyphenated categories such as ‘AfricanJamaican’. These are further signs of her desires for categories through which she can be empowered. But while Ann worked with the categories for empowerment of her choice she simultaneously worked against their disciplinary constraints.