Meeting the stranger within: considering a pedagogy of belonging

Austin, Jon (2010) Meeting the stranger within: considering a pedagogy of belonging. In: Migrant Security 2010: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era, 15-16 Jul 2010, Toowoomba, Australia.

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The image of the Migrant is one of the defining motifs of contemporary times and has given rise to concerns for security both for and from the immigrant. The postmodern experience of globalizing systems has meant that concomitant ruptures and reformations of anchors of belonging - the disruption of place-based senses of identity - have led to a sense of constancy of transience, of a permanent process of Settling without any real sense of Belonging. The experience of Migrant is one of an encounter with difference and strangeness, dissonance and anxiety for both the Arrival and for those already in Place. How Difference is perceived and received will determine the ease with which the Arrival is admitted to Place. Genuinely critical educative work is a vehicle for the mediation of a prevailing conceptualization of Difference as deficit and its reformulation in the public consciousness as presenting no barrier to Belonging. Drawing on Baumann’s social commentary and notions of community in the contemporary era and on Giroux’s notion of border pedagogies, this presentation will sketch a possible pedagogy of belonging derived from a shift in focus from the Arrival to those in Place, from the Other to the Self. In this, emphasis is placed on the ideas of zones of difference, community, belonging and the educative imperative of “turning the gaze” on to the Centre.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: USQ publication.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Jon Austin
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2010 02:29
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: belonging; border pedagogy; borderlands; difference; liquid times
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160303 Migration
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/9196

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