The legacy of racism and Indigenous Australian identity within education

Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews*, Bronwyn Carlson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

It may be argued that the emerging discourses focusing on the social, emotional, educational, and economic disadvantages identified for Australia’s First Peoples (when compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts) are becoming increasingly dissociated with an understanding of the interplay between historical and current trends in racism. Additionally, and if not somewhat related to this critique, it can be suggested that the very construction of research from a Western perspective of Indigenous identity (as opposed to identities) and ways of being are deeply entwined within the undertones of epistemological racism still prevalent today. It is the purpose of this article to move beyond the overreliance of outside-based understanding Western epistemologies, and to explore not only the complex nature of both racism and identity from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, but to also explore the role of education and research in perpetuating varying levels of racism and resistance to Indigenous identity(ies) from a contemporary insider-based standpoint. It is hoped this article will shed some light on the pervasive nature of racism directed at Indigenous Australians, and highlight the need for the continual acceptance, respect, and promotion of Indigenous voices and identities within the educational environment and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)784-807
Number of pages24
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • epistemology
  • identity
  • Indigenous education
  • racism
  • resilience

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