Who is us? Students negotiating discourses of racism and national identification in Australia

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dc.contributor.author Yates, L. S en_US
dc.contributor.author Mcleod, J. E en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:36:04Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-21T02:36:04Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier 2003002169 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Mcleod, J. and Yates, L. 2006 'Who is us? Students negotiating discourses of racism and national identification in Australia', Race Ethnicity and Education, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 205-221. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1361-3324 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/5005
dc.description.abstract This article explores the political beliefs and the forms of reasoning about racism, national identity and Other developed by young Australian women and men from different ethnic and class backgrounds. The interviews on which the discussion is based are drawn from a larger longitudinal study of Australian secondary school students which examines how young people develop their sense of self and social values over time. The present article has two overall purposes: to add to understandings of how the cultural logic of racism functions in one national setting, and to consider political reasoning about race and ethnicity in relation to processes of young people’s identity positioning. Three main lines of argument are developed. The first concerns students’ positioning of themselves vis-a-vis the current ‘race debate’ in Australia, and in relation to us as researchers, including their negotiation of the protocols for speaking about ‘race’ and racism. This includes consideration of the methodological and political effects of white Anglo women asking questions about racism and ethnicity to ethnic minority students who are routinely constituted as ‘Other’: what blindnesses and silences continue to operate when posing questions about racism directly? A second and related focus is the range of emotional responses evoked by asking questions about racism and about an Australian politician (Pauline Hanson), who has been prominent in race debates. Third, the authors examine young people’s construction of ‘us and them’ binaries and hierarchies of Otherness and whiteness. They argue throughout that reasoning about race, national identity and Others, and the taking up of ‘political positions’, is intimately linked to identity formation and to how we imagine ourselves in the present, the past and the future. en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier Science Bv en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2006.06.021 en_US
dc.title Who is us? Students negotiating discourses of racism and national identification in Australia en_US
dc.parent Race Ethnicity and Education en_US
dc.journal.volume 6 en_US
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Amsterdam, The Netherlands en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 205 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 221 en_US
dc.cauo.name Environmental Sciences en_US


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