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      The co-articulation of national identity and interculturalism in the Irish curriculum: educating for democratic citizenship?

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            Article 2008 This article considers social and educational policy responses to increasing ethnic diversity in the Republic of Ireland and related concerns about the intensification of racism in Irish society in the 'Celtic Tiger' era. Drawing on approaches which emphasise the extent to which discourses on 'race' and multiculturalism are woven into a more general concern about the nation, I problematise interculturalism as a policy response to the intensification of racism in Irish society in recent years. Drawing on a corpus of recently published policy documents and curriculum materials currently being used in Irish secondary schools, I argue that racial inequality is more likely to be reproduced, rather than contested, through national and educational policies and practices which are purported to have egalitarian and anti-racist aims. Implications of the study are discussed in terms of alternative approaches to educating for democratic citizenship.

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            10430
            London Review of Education
            IOE Press
            1474-8460
            01 March 2008
            : 6
            : 1
            : 47-58
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            1474-8460(20080301)6:1L.47;1- s7.phd /ioep/clre/2008/00000006/00000001/art00007
            10.1080/14748460801889894
            21467c68-1724-463a-87ed-f9e809441fe0
            Copyright @ 2008
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            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education
            DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP,INTERCULTURAL EDUCATION,NATIONAL IDENTITY,CURRICULUM,SYMBOLIC VIOLENCE,EDUCATIONAL POLICY,RACISM

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