Educating for anti-racism: producing and reproducing race and power in a university classroom

Sonn, Christopher (2008) Educating for anti-racism: producing and reproducing race and power in a university classroom. Race Ethnicity and Education, 11 (2). pp. 155-166. ISSN 1361-3324


In this paper I explore some of the issues associated with teaching about race, culture and ethnicity in a psychology program. These curriculum initiatives are part of a broader agenda of raising awareness about racialised oppression and exclusion and contributing to the development of ways of researching and practising psychology that are transformative and culturally sensitive. I overview the broader context and describe our subject and the guiding principles. This is followed by a description and analysis of two events in the classroom that illustrate the ways in which students differentially respond to the challenges posed by writings that challenge taken for granted understandings of race. Part of the analysis shows that students can often engage in the reproduction of oppressive practices and invest in whiteness. It is suggested that more than single semester subjects are required to promote and support the development of critical capacities for anti-racism practice.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/13613320802110266
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Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > RFCD Classification > 420000 Language and Culture
Keywords critical pedagogy, whitness, racism, indigenous Australians, psychology
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