Beyond Dualisms: Interdependence and Possibilities in Education Today

Nina Asher

Abstract


Looking also at the past, Asher considers the present-day relevance of working through dualistic thought in order to move towards engaging interdependence and possibilities in education today. Heightened polarities of race, class, nation, and gender mark the current U.S. context, even as we find ourselves in unprecedented proximity with diverse others in a digital, global age. Drawing on curriculum and postcolonial and feminist theorizings, as well as the works of James Baldwin and Hanif Kureishi as illustrative examples, I develop the discussion in four sections—Roots and Branches, Head and Heart, Here and There and Then and Now, and Present and Future—in order to consider possibilities for our shared, multicultural, global future across different contexts.

 


Keywords


interdependence, curriculum, postcolonialism, globalization

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