Development of the reflexive antiracism scale – indigenous

Paradies, Yin, Franklin, Hayley and Kowal, Emma 2013, Development of the reflexive antiracism scale – indigenous, Equality, diversity and inclusion, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 348-373.

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Title Development of the reflexive antiracism scale – indigenous
Author(s) Paradies, Yin
Franklin, Hayley
Kowal, Emma
Journal name Equality, diversity and inclusion
Volume number 32
Issue number 4
Start page 348
End page 373
Total pages 26
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 2040-7149
Keyword(s) antiracism
white people
racial discrimination
diversity training
Summary Purpose – Reflexive Antiracism is an approach to antiracism that seeks to avoid the limitations of essentialism and negative emotional reactions through a focus on racialisation (a concept that encompasses both racism and antiracism) as well as the formation and maintenance of racialised identities. This paper aims to outline the construction and validation of a scale to measure this novel theoretical construct: the Reflexive Antiracism Scale-Indigenous (RAS-I).

Design/methodology/approach – In the context of a cultural training course focused on Indigenous peoples in Australia, 20 items to assess attitudes were developed along with four hypothetical scenarios designed to assess behavioural intentions in specific situations. The survey formed by these items and scenarios was piloted to assess test-retest, concurrent and construct validity as well as item endorsement and internal reliability.

Findings – Findings suggest that an 11-item scale based on this survey forms a valid and reliable measure of Reflexive Antiracism. Further research and applications are discussed.

– This paper will prompt further exploration of Reflexive Antiracism as a concept that can be applied in a range of settings where a more nuanced understanding and approach to antiracism may be of benefit. Being aware of their position within a society that is racialised will allow antiracists to be reflexive (and realistic) about their ability as individuals to achieve antiracist ideals while continuing to strive towards them.
Language eng
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
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