ERIC Number: EJ799648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
Educating for Anti-Racism: Producing and Reproducing Race and Power in a University Classroom
Sonn, Christopher C.
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v11 n2 p155-166 Jul 2008
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 practicing 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.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Race, Power Structure, Racial Discrimination, Ethnicity, Psychology, Classroom Environment, Critical Theory, Teaching Methods, Indigenous Populations, Foreign Countries, Whites
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia