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‘Universities are not the safe places we would like to think they are, but they are getting safer’: Indigenous women academics in higher education

Fredericks, Bronwyn L. (2011) ‘Universities are not the safe places we would like to think they are, but they are getting safer’: Indigenous women academics in higher education. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 14(1), pp. 41-53.

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    Abstract

    This paper outlines some of the experiences of Indigenous women academics in higher education. The author offers these experiences, not to position Indigenous women academics as victims, but to expose the problematic nature of racism, systemic marginalisation, white race privilege and radicalised subjectivity played out within Australian higher education institutions. By utilising the experiences and examples she seeks to bring the theoretical into the everyday world of being Indigenous within academe. In analysing these examples, the author reveals the relationships between oppression, white race privilege, institutional privilege and the epistemology that maintains them. She argues that, in moving from a position of being silent to speaking about what she has witnessed and experienced, she is able to move from the position of object to subject and gain a form of liberated voice (hooks 1989: 9) for herself and other Indigenous women. She seeks to challenge the practices within universities that continue to subjugate Indigenous women academics.

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    ID Code: 38492
    Item Type: Journal Article
    Keywords: Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, Australia, Women, Higher Education, Universities, Culturally Safe, Cultural Safety, Whiteness, White, Racism, Teaching, Publication, Scholarship, Research
    ISSN: 1440-5202
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (130301)
    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 Health
    Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
    Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University
    Deposited On: 04 May 2011 07:49
    Last Modified: 22 Jun 2011 05:18

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