“Monoculturalism is oppressive and is itself violent.”

Jane Ritchie and James Ritchie once stated that “Monoculturalism is oppressive and is itself violent.” (p.88)

“In a multicultural society,” they wrote, “common standards of behaviour form the basis of a common society and from there we can all move towards understanding and accepting differences. All appear to reject violent behaviour but all must change if we are to reduce or eliminate it. Such changes will be different and differently managed according to the cultural style and practice.” (p.88)

Ref: Jane Ritchie and James Ritchie (1993) Violence in New Zealand. Huia Publishers and Daphne Brasell Associates: Wellington

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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