Afterword by: Sonia Nieto
Publication Date: December 4, 2020
Series: Multicultural Education Series
This autobiographical volume will foster a deeper understanding of racism, discrimination, and inequality in all its subtleties. Through storytelling, framed within the life journey of a South African sociologist of Indian ancestry, this book examines how marginalized communities lived with, fought, and braved racial engineering under apartheid. Moodley shares her experiences of living, studying, and teaching race, ethnicity, identity, nationalism, and critical multiculturalism in five countries: South Africa, the United States, Germany, Egypt, and Canada. Everyday experiences are blended with academic interpretations, so readers gain insights from what is in part memoir and in other parts educational lessons drawn from numerous microexperiences. Subjects range from indentured labor to expropriation, the influences of Gandhi and Mandela, antisemitism in Europe to welfare colonialism in Canada, sectarianism in the Middle East to strategies for combatting bigotry in America.
Kogila Moodley is professor emerita of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and the first holder of the David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education (1995-98).
“A tour de force, this fascinating autobiography of a noted South Africa–born sociologist illuminates the lived experience of racial marginalization in a diversity of nations and the pivotal role of family, schools, and politics in promoting resilience. Unique in its global reach, Moodley’s journey gives readers new hope that educating for political literacy might reduce the insidious web of societal racism.”
—Rhona S. Weinstein, professor, the Graduate School in Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
“I left my reading of Kogila Moodley’s Race, Culture, and Politics in Education not simply with an appreciation of the delicate stitching together of social theory, political commentary, and memory that she achieves here, but with deep admiration of her extraordinary capacity to hold on to her humanness in the midst of a sustained assault on her and her family’s dignity. This book is memorable just for that.”
—Crain Soudien, professor and CEO, Human Sciences Research Council
“Kogila Moodley combines an unfailing eye for telling details and ironic turns with an insightful social analysis of race and culture in this remarkable journey through historic junctures on three continents. With rewarding excursions into Gandhi’s and Mandela’s contributions to this postcolonial history, alongside heartfelt family portraits, Moodley provides an engaging guide to a political literacy that can help readers navigate and act on the present era.”
—John Willinsky, Khosla Family Professor, Stanford University