The ambivalence of otherness: the manifestation of `whiteness` in an Australian school--1988-1998

Arber, Ruth 2003, The ambivalence of otherness: the manifestation of `whiteness` in an Australian school--1988-1998, Journal of intercultural studies, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 289-305, doi: 10.1080/0725686032000172614.

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Title The ambivalence of otherness: the manifestation of `whiteness` in an Australian school--1988-1998
Author(s) Arber, Ruth
Journal name Journal of intercultural studies
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 289
End page 305
Publisher River Seine Publications
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2003-12
ISSN 0725-6868
Summary In recent times, and in times of insurgent globalisation, modern notions of identity and with them, conceptions of essential and primordially defined difference seem to have fallen apart. Identity is understood as postmodern, a 'moveable feast' of ever-in-process, negotiated differences. The examination of the material and conceptual terms and conditions that position these logics otherwise suggests that these arguments remain tied within conceptions of ourselves made through the ambivalent conceptions of others. In this paper, I trace these paradoxical relations as they are represented in a particular local Melbourne school at each end of a decade and at a time of increasing demographic change and global transformation. Teachers and parents understood and defined their identities and the identities of others in ways that were increasingly fragmented, changing and complex. Beneath these changing patterns, they continued to define others as different and as not us in ways that were ambivalent and extreme. These negotiations took place differently in recent years as the definitions of essential notions of identity changed and became more complex to define. Nevertheless, they continued as ambivalent stories of otherness that transversed the tortuous spectrum between orientalism and nativism speculated upon in post-colonial writings.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/0725686032000172614
Field of Research 220202 History and Philosophy of Education
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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