Educational provision for refugee youth in Australia : left to chance?

Sidhu, Ravinder & Taylor, Sandra C. (2007) Educational provision for refugee youth in Australia : left to chance? Journal of Sociology, 43(3), pp. 283-300.

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This paper investigates how education bureaucracies in Australia are using languages of categorisation and promoting community partnerships to construct and govern the refugee subject. We use a framework of governmentality to analyse education policies and statements emerging from two levels of government - Commonwealth and State. Drawing on web-based materials, policy statements and accounts of parliamentary debates, the paper documents the ways in which refugee education continues to be subsumed within broader education policies and programmes concerned with social justice, multiculturalism, and English language provision. Such categorisations are premised on an undifferentiated ethnoscape that ignores the significantly different learning needs and sociocultural adjustments faced by refugee students compared with migrants and international students. At the same time, educational programmes of inclusion that are concerned with utilising community organisations to deliver services and enhance their participation, point to the emergence of 'government through community partnerships'; a mode of governance increasingly associated with advanced liberal societies.

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ID Code: 11187
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: refugees, education policy, equity, community partnerships, governmentality
DOI: 10.1177/1440783307080107
ISSN: 1440-7833
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, <Journal of Sociology 43(3):pp. 283-300., 2007 © <SAGE Publications Ltd
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:39

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