Re: multiculturalism and applied anthropolgy

Karen Szala-Meneok (a7526003@MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA)
Thu, 20 Jan 1994 14:19:04 -0500

Dear Christa,

I was interested in seeing your posting re the JABS special issue on
Anthro's contrib to Valuing Diversity. I'm presently working a paper
national symbols and muliticulturalism... In this paper I examine the how
the the Mountie (RCMP) uniform (which has stood as an important Canadian
national symbol) has been and continues to be reexamined in the context
of multiculturalism as devout Sikhs enter the force and request that the
uniform be modified to permit the wearing of the turban and kerpan. I
examine as well the clash between the symbolism embodied in the Mountie
and and the cultural symbol/metaphor of the Canadian "cultural Mosaic"
(our version of the Melting Pot). The ideals which supposedly exist in
the notion of the Cultural Mosaic are seen in a new light when such
things as "semi-sacred" national symbols are threatened.

I'm thinking that this might fit into your overall plan for the special
issue... I'm going to be presenting a version of it at the Northeastern
Anth Assoc. meetings in Geneseo (metro-Rochester) N.Y. in April... Might
you be going, also? Let me know what you think about all of this... What
are some of the other responses you've received over the net?

Hope to here from you soon
All the best,

Karen Szala-Meneok
"Real-mail address"
Dept of Soc. and Anth
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3C5

On Thu, 13 Jan 1994, Christa Walck wrote:

> Re Hopper's inquiry on multiculturalism and applied anthropology, I too am
> interested in this issue. As part of this inquiry, Ann Jordan at
> UNorthTexas and myself are coediting a special issue of Journal of Applied
> Behavioral Science on the topic "Anthropology's Contribution to Valuing
> Diversity". Valuing/managing diversity is business code for dealing with
> issues around multiculturalism, as well as gender, "race", etc. Anyone
> interested in submitting can contact me for more info--we have not
> received many submission yet; submissions are due April 1.
> Christa Walck
> Michigan Tech