Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Intersectionality: Concepts, Perspectives and Challenges

“For a democracy to thrive in a pluralistic society, the pathways to opportunities should be open to all equally, with level playing fields and mitigations against stereotyping and exclusion. This should especially be so in institutions of higher education, which can be the differences not only for individual lives but for societies as a whole. There are benefits to including creative and divergent thinkers and doers. One step in this direction is to better understand social relationships in society, including problem areas that may need attention. Thomas Moeller’s Intersectionality: Concepts, Perspectives and Challenges (2020) is comprised of three works surround the issue of “intersectionality,” as a way of understanding people’s complex identities and embodied experiences and their social statuses (or its lack) in contemporary societies.  As a term, “intersectionality” is a highly contested one. Intersectionality, as a framework, refers to “how aspects of one’s social and political identities (e.g., gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, etc.) might combine to create unique modes of discrimination” (“Intersectionality,” Feb. 15, 2020); the insights from this approach are used to help address combined discriminatory injustices, given the real-world complexities of human interrelationships…Humans are complex beings, and triply so with the overlays of socialization and cultural dimensions. Social identities are constantly evolving along with societies, and engaging these with empirical knowledge can be powerful in building more equitable and just and inclusive societies, for the benefit of all…READ MORE
Shalin Hai-Jew for C2C Digital Magazine (Spring/Summer 2020)
Instructional Designer
Kansas State University

International Perspectives on Race (and Racism): Historical and Contemporary Considerations in Education and Society

“This is a very significant book on post-racist discourse, in the context of post-colonialism, globalization and localization. With contributions by authors from many diverse corners of the world, this book provides multiple perspectives on the issues of race and racism, and unveils the complexity of the issue. The various chapters show how the issues vary geographically and contextually, and how race issues can be conceived differently in relation to the unique histories of the various localities. Yet some universal values override the race issues, such as human rights and equality. Diane B Napier is the best possible editor of the book on this topic. She has profound knowledge of the field; with substantial experience of living in difference cultures. She is past-Secretary-General of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies. During her term of service, she visited many member societies to interact with peoples from different cultures. She facilitated the establishment of many new comparative education societies, particularly in Africa, and some of these eventually joined the World Council as member societies. She has genuine respect for different cultures and she possesses the depth of insight in analyzing cultural issues that will be useful for policymakers, academics and practitioners.” – Dr. Wing On Lee, Professor, Vice President, The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Past-President, World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES); Past Dean of Research, National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore; Member, Expert Panel of UNESCO’s Global Citizenship Project

“International Perspectives on Race (and Racism): Historical and Contemporary Considerations in Education and Society provides a most welcome and impressive addition to the literature on addressing racism through education. The comprehensive collection edited by an international scholar in the field, Diane Brook Napier with her vast experience in researching post-colonial educational reform and democratic transformation in Africa, Latin American and other areas around the world, brings together the work of scholars from all parts of the globe: North, South and Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. This volume makes an important contribution to the field of comparative and international education, and will no doubt become a valued text for university classes on anti-racist education.” – Dr. Suzanne Majhanovich, Emerita/Adjunct Research Professor, Western University, Ontario, Canada

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