"This book broaches what has become a noisy silence whereby conversations about race and ethnic relationships are understood as unbalanced, irrelevant or as too dangerous to speak about. It is concerned with the ways that race and ethnic relationships are spoken about in contemporary western societies such as Australia and the changed and confused debates that underpin those discussions. Parents and teachers at one State secondary school in Melbourne, Australia speak about race and ethnic relationships as their school community is increasingly altered by globalising, technological and population change. Newspapers and public policy debates avoid discussions about race relationships even as discussions about national identity and direction are crucial themes. This book argues that race and ethnic relationships must be understood in new ways; that the analytical frameworks provided by constructivist thought and post-colonial writing must be interrogated to provide more comprehensive methodological resources to examine these relationships."
Contents:1 Encountering Silent Noise -- 2 Encountering Silent Narrations: Beginning the Research -- 3 Beyond Silent Noise: Articulating Methodology -- 4 Race and Ethnicity in Globalised Times -- 5 Changing Identities in a Local School -- 6 Mapping the "Other" -- 7 Mapping Ourselves -- 8 Another Identity.