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Edb003 Anti Discrimination in Troubled Times


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Edb003 Anti Discrimination in Troubled Times

  1. 1. EDB003 Scott, Julia & Tammy anti-discrimination in troubled times
  2. 2. Overview Tammy: Discrimination & Racism Scott: Discrimination and the law Julia: Discrimination in an educational context
  3. 3. anti-discrimination in troubled times <ul><li>Lecture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture and the notion of race, culture and racism, race and racism in Australia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Production of the significant other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational themes & relationships to the Other </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Textbook Reading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ How does othering constitute cultural discrimination?’ by Bruce Burnett </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CMD </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Student teachers’ resistance to exploring racism: reflections on ‘doing’ border pedagogy’ by Nado Aveling </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What is discrimination? <ul><li>Definition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Allport (1954, p.4) defined prejudice as “an antipathy based upon a faulty and inflexible generalization. It may be felt or expressed. It may be directed towards a group as a whole, or toward an individual because he is a member of that group”….. A logical consequence of prejudicial attitudes is the resulting interpersonal phenomenon of discrimination; a process by which individuals, who acting on their prejudicial values and/or ignorance, initiate either blatant or subtle behaviours that unfairly target another individual not belonging to the prejudicial person’s self reference group (Allport, 1954; Stangor, 2000)”(Bodkin-Andrews, Craven, Marsh & Martin, 2005???????). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anti-Discrimination act of QLD 1991 ---- “differential treatment” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Studies discussed in journal articles: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Hillier et al.(1998) surveyed 747 same-sex attracted young people… forty-six percent of participants reported they had been verbally abused” (Sengstock, 2006). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adelaide National goals for schooling “A safe education”. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relevance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Of the 46% from Hillier study, 69% occurred within the school environment. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditionally: “a set of guidelines which help us make sense of what is going on around us” (Burnett, 2007). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Socially constructed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contested and Fluid </li></ul></ul>anti-discrimination in troubled times <ul><li>Race </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard scientists say that race doesn’t exist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small percentage of difference between races </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Racism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Something people learn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Illogical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can educate against racism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not just an individual act (Structures, school, police, courts) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Produces a Significant Other </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Race, racism and culture <ul><li>Race, Discrimination and Culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We have moved from discriminating against a race based on skulls and cranium capacity to discriminating against people based on their cultural similarities. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public discourse – it’s not the Other’s race, it is the Other’s culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Their culture goes against the dominant culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recent Media </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Courier Mail News Article Despite vigorous opposition from residents’ groups, a 30 bed detention centre is almost complete . Refugee intake cut over failure to integrate. culture, integrate, illegal immigrants, queue jumpers…. Why are these words used? -- Courier Mail August 18, 2007
  8. 8. Further Links <ul><li>Race and Racism in Australia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long Journey : Opinions of Australian school students & refugees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friendcore : A funny Australian animation about discrimination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young Refugees : Young refugees share their stories on JTV Hack </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Discussion <ul><ul><li>Do we risk producing a generic other: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>migrant, indigenous, disabled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Failure to integrate” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Illegal immigrants” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Queue jumpers” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Boat people” </li></ul></ul> Nicholson (2005)
  10. 10. anti-discrimination in troubled times <ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools can’t solve the problem of racism in society, but they should surely not contribute to it (Aveling, 2002). </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Any Questions?