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About the SeriesThe SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.Key Concepts in Education provides students with over 100 essential themes, topics and expressions that Education students are likely to encounter, both during their courses and beyond in professional practice. Co-authored to draw on experiences of working within academia, local authorities and the classroom, the entries provide:a definition of the concepta description of the historical and practical contextan explanation of how the concept is appliedan evaluation of the concepthelpful references and suggested further readingThis book will be essential reading for students of Education, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers. About the AuthorsFred Inglis is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sheffield. Lesley Aers is a senior member of a local authority school improvement service and an Ofsted inspector. Both authors are former schoolteachers.  


Any word with the suffix ‘-ism’ announces itself as carrying ideological luggage and, however fishy this luggage may sometimes smell, no one can travel very far intellectually without it. So the arguments, beliefs, platitudes and superstitions of multiculturalism came gradually into being from the 1970s onwards, because liberal political ideology needed, for its own stability and coherence, a system of thought capable of overcoming its own self-centredness of belief, of admitting contrary beliefs and customs into the liberal stockade, of acknowledging the principle of equality in realms of life where human status and practices were so very different that the universalism of the principles of equality was sometimes very hard to apply (at other times, as when paying out wages to ethnic groups outside ...

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