Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 331-345

First online:

Foucault's Genealogy and Teaching Multiculturalism as a Subversive Activity

  • Y. KazmiAffiliated withDepartment of Education, International Islamic University of Malaysia

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It is being argued, in this article, that multicultural education is subversive because it challenges the assumed inevitability and superiority of the dominant culture by presenting alterna-tives to it. For multicultural education to be subversive, however, culture has to be understood as an order of things mapped across truth and power axis à la Foucault. These order of things are sup-pressed by the dominant culture in order to maintain its hegemony. It is being further argued that with the help of Foucault's genealogy we can understand how multicultural education can liberate subjugated order of things.

multiculturalism genealogy subversive power