The Uses of Culture, a collection of nine of Cameron McCarthy's most provocative essays, explores the issues of race, educational reform and cultural politics. This volume looks at the limitations of the cultural exceptionalism which underwrite current curriculum projects such as Afrocentrism, Multiculturalism and Eurocentrism.

Drawing upon a variety of literatures as well as popular culture, McCarthy contends that any single ruling identity at the core of a curriculum will be restricting. He offers as a solution a curriculum reform based on the complex, cultural linkages and associations that exist among all human groups, which acknowledge their many sources of knowledge.

chapter 1|20 pages

English Rustics in Black Skin

Cultural Hybridity and Racial Identity at the End of the Century
ByCameron McCarthy

chapter 2|16 pages

The Postcolonial Exemplar

Wilson Harris and the Curriculum in Troubled Times
ByCameron McCarthy

chapter 3|14 pages

Hooray for Those Who Never Created Anything

Popular Culture and the Third World in the Sociology of Education
ByCameron McCarthy

chapter 4|32 pages

Contradictions of Experience

Race, Power, and Inequality in Schooling
ByCameron McCarthy

chapter 5|26 pages

Reading the American Popular

Suburban Resentment and the Representation of the Inner City in Contemporary Film and Television
ByCameron McCarthy

chapter 6|14 pages

After the Content Debate

Multicultural Education, Minority Identities, Textbooks, and the Challenge of Curriculum Reform
ByCameron McCarthy

chapter 7|12 pages

The Last Rational Men

Citizenship, Morality, and the Pursuit of Human Perfection
ByEd Buendia, Heriberto Godina, Shuaib Meacham, Carol Mills, Maria Seferian, Theresa Souchet, Carrie Wilson-Brown

chapter 8|12 pages

The Devil Finds Work

Re-reading Race and Identity in Contemporary Life
ByCameron McCarthy

chapter 9|14 pages

The Uses of Culture

ByNadine Dolby, Angharad Valdivia