What if racism is a permanent feature of this society? Exploring the potential of racial realism for education researchers

Maxwell, Jacinta (2017) What if racism is a permanent feature of this society? Exploring the potential of racial realism for education researchers. In: The relationality of race in education research. Local/Global issues in Education , 3. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), United Kingdom, pp. 120-131. ISBN 978-1-138-50107-2


Race critical education research is often undertaken as a response to inequitable schooling. Consequently, education researchers and those who use their publications to inform policy and curricula tend towards solutions designed to address aspects of racially discriminatory practices or policies. Regular deployment of piecemeal ‘solutions’, often on a large scale (e.g., within national curricula or policy deployment), can be erroneously used by proponents as evidence of transformative social progress and indicative of significant efforts to address inequality (Bell, 2004; Curry, 2008). Implementation of such policies can be similarly used by conservative commentators who find in them reason to denounce apparently rapid and significant cultural shifts that undermine interests of traditionally powerful racial groups for the benefit of traditionally ‘minoritised’ (Harper, 2012, p. 9) people (Salter & Maxwell, 2015). A common thread of this research and its conversion into policy or curricula is the focus on the partial and the incremental, on the various components of education systems that contribute to or encapsulate inequity. Consideration of the whole is less common.

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 28 May 2018 23:38
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 03:39
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33519

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