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Black bodies, White rural spaces: Disturbing practices of unbelonging for 'refugee' students


Edgeworth, K, Black bodies, White rural spaces: Disturbing practices of unbelonging for 'refugee' students, Critical Studies in Education, 56, (3) pp. 351-365. ISSN 1750-8487 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/17508487.2014.956133


In global times, when the forced migration of refugees from war-torn countries like Sudan impacts the demography of once ethnically homogenous schooling spaces, I consider the need to better understand the geographical making of racism. This article explores the lived experience of two newly arrived Sudanese students studying at a rural high school in Australia. Using Foucaultian theory, and Foucault’s theories as they have been taken up by Judith Butler, I explore the production of educational exclusions at a rural school. I investigate the Sudanese students’ struggle for belonging against particular discourses of rural Whiteness. In the students’ rural schooling space, their Black bodies are highly visible and are discursively cast as ‘out of place’. I examine the way discourses of rural Whiteness produce schooling exclusions that implicate schools in the spatial regulation of unbelonging.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ethnicity; ethnography; Foucault; school-based research; inequality-social exclusion
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Multicultural education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Maori and Pacific Peoples)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:Edgeworth, K (Dr Kathryn Edgeworth)
ID Code:96843
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-11-24
Last Modified:2018-04-05

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