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Australian Universities, Indigenization, Whiteness, and Settler Colonial Epistemic Violence


Bennett, B and Menzel, K and Prehn, J and Gates, TG, Australian Universities, Indigenization, Whiteness, and Settler Colonial Epistemic Violence, Handbook of Critical Whiteness: Deconstructing Dominant Discourses Across Disciplines, Springer, J Ravulo, K Olcon, T Dune, A Workman, and P Liamputtong (ed), Singapore, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9789811916120 (2023) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-19-1612-0


This chapter argues that despite numerous strategies, reports, and scholarship, Australian universities are still largely based on White Western worldviews and as a result continue to perpetrate and perpetuate settler colonial epistemic violence. To overcome the current settler colonial epistemic violence exerted by tertiary education providers, genuine relationships with First Nation peoples and communities need to be established, and space must be made for these communities to speak for themselves within the academy. Universities and governments should follow by providing appropriate allocation of resources for the indigenization of curricula and governance structures, within faculties and campuses. If this is achieved, the Australian tertiary education sector will become an international leader by deconstructing Whiteness, providing a greater educational experience, and exposing graduates to multiple worldviews. We address social work as a discipline and suggest ways forward.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, First Nations, cultural responsiveness, curricula, tertiary education, settler colonialism, epistemology
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work and social justice
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge
UTAS Author:Prehn, J (Dr Jacob Prehn)
ID Code:154995
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:Social Work
Deposited On:2023-01-23
Last Modified:2023-01-23
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