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Look before you leap : the epistemic violence that sometimes hides behind the word "inclusion"

Fredericks, Bronwyn L. (2009) Look before you leap : the epistemic violence that sometimes hides behind the word "inclusion". Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 38(Supplement), pp. 10-16.

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Abstract

This paper demonstrates how Indigenous Studies is controlled in some Australian universities in ways that continue the marginalisation, denigration and exploitation of Indigenous peoples. Moreover, it shows how the engagement of white notions of “inclusion” can result in the maintenance of racism, systemic marginalisation, white race privilege and radicalised subjectivity. A case study will be utilised which draws from the experience of two Indigenous scholars who were invited to be part of a panel to review one Australian university’s plan and courses in Indigenous studies. The case study offers the opportunity to destabilise the relationships between oppression and privilege and the epistemology that maintains them. The paper argues for the need to examine exactly what is being offered when universities provide opportunities for “inclusion”.

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ID Code: 26714
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Indigenous, Aboriginal , Studies, Curriculum, University, Inclusion, Epistemic Violence, Whiteness, Marginalisation
ISSN: 1326-0111
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Bronwyn Fredericks
Deposited On: 25 Sep 2009 14:51
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:58

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