Comparative understandings of ’race’ and identity in higher education: an examination of uk and australian experiences


Bhopal, Kalwant and Henry-Waring, Millsom (2010) Comparative understandings of ’race’ and identity in higher education: an examination of uk and australian experiences. In, XVII International Sociological Association Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden,

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This paper will examine how the concepts of ‘race’ and identity are taught within the broad social science curriculum within the UK and Australia as part of a forthcoming collaborative study. It aims to critically and comparatively explore how degree-level students understand the concepts, ‘race’ and identity – specifically the meanings associated with the terms ‘Black’ and ‘White’. To date, and in contrast to research within schools, very little empirical research has emerged that pays due attention to the significance and the construction and maintenance of racialised identities within Higher Education and its effects upon the growing and diverse student local and international experience. Using our own undergraduate and postgraduate courses as a backdrop as well as our own status as academic staff who occupy ‘insider-outsider’ positions, we intend to reveal how ‘race’ and identity is constructed and maintained within the HE curriculum; how this compares across two countries and upon how this shapes the learning experiences of all our students.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Social Justice and Inclusive Education
ePrint ID: 160561
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2010 15:10
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:16
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/160561

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