Reactions to Race: Racial Reactions

Burnett, Bruce M. (1999) Reactions to Race: Racial Reactions. In Meadmore, Daphne, Burnett, Bruce M., & O'Brien, Peter (Eds.) Understanding education : contexts and agendas for the new millennium. Prentice Hall, Sydney.

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It is impossible to ignore the degree to which notions of race have impacted upon the Australian social and political arena in recent years. Ask just about anybody about the current 'race debate' and the chances are you will find an opinion firmly located on one side or another of a contentious and emotional divide. The implications of race clearly extend beyond the boundaries of political controversy, and profoundly affect the way people construct their collective and individual subjectivity, that is their identity. However, race is more than merely an avenue though which meaning is derived from the world. Race structures the relations of institutions such as education, and constitutes individuals as acting—or acted upon—subjects. Race therefore signifies power, for it helps define meanings and social values. Through education, for instance, race has historically been at the heart of a cultural process of enlisting children into a particular doctrine which defines as positive or negative the child’s relation to the dominant Australian culture. This experience is not unique to Australia, nor for that matter to education. The manipulation of the meaning of race has an extensive history which has enabled particular groups to realise certain possibilities while denying them to others.

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ID Code: 15733
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: Race, individual racism, institutional racism, ethnocentrism, multiculturalism
ISBN: 0724812873
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Prentice Hall
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:08

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