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Category: Clearinghouse
Pages: 97
Location: CRRF & Online
Year: 2016
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Published in print and online in Winter 2016, the ‘Power of Words’ speaks to the importance of reviewing and evolving social science terminology in response to changing demographics and settlement trends. The concept of hyphenated Canadians, terms such as ‘visible minorities’ and ‘newcomers’, and even the current iteration of ‘race relations’ require ongoing reassessment, and are being challenged and re-examined in the context of our changing society.How do language and lexicon in policy, in the media and in daily interactions infl uence our experiences, identities, attitudes, and relationships? Does discourse create and perpetuate unbalanced power relations, marginalizing certain groups and individuals? How can we use language to promote positive race relations in a harmonious Canada?These dynamic questions represent the types of issues that CRRF explores in the Winter 2016 issue of Directions.

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