Whispering in our hearts: speaking of another in changing schools

Arber, Ruth 2006, Whispering in our hearts: speaking of another in changing schools, Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 85-101.

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Title Whispering in our hearts: speaking of another in changing schools
Author(s) Arber, Ruth
Journal name Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education
Volume number 27
Issue number 1
Start page 85
End page 101
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006-03
ISSN 0159-6306
1469-3739
Summary Beneath discussions about race and ethnic relations is an unease, 'a whispering in our hearts' these debates that need to be understood 'otherwise'. In more recent times, they seem increasingly complex and dangerous as the essential differences that underpin modern notions of identity appear negotiated, contingent, and disjunctive. In this paper, I examine the ways in which teachers and parents in one Melbourne secondary school spoke about these notions in 1988 and 1998. Taking up suggestions in the postcolonial and race literatures, the article argues that the normalised notions which make up these conversations need to be made explicit, and the near silences that negotiate the parameters of these discussions should also be the focus of analysis. While at one level teachers and parents discussed their unease and their excitement about the ways their school had changed, their conversations remained underpinned by taken-for-granted understandings about the ways people belong differently within the school community.
Language eng
Field of Research 160809 Sociology of Education
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003490

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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