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Signposts that helped a white activist find her way as a critical ally

Carnes,R 2011, Signposts that helped a white activist find her way as a critical ally, in Directions and Intersections: Proceedings of the 2011 Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association and Indigenous Studies Research Network Joint Conference, Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association,.

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Title Signposts that helped a white activist find her way as a critical ally
Author(s) Carnes,RORCID iD for Carnes,R orcid.org/0000-0002-9133-0608
Conference name Directions and Intersections: Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association and Indigenous Studies Research Network Joint Conference
Conference location Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Conference dates 2011/12/7 - 2011/12/9
Title of proceedings Directions and Intersections: Proceedings of the 2011 Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association and Indigenous Studies Research Network Joint Conference
Editor(s) Riggs,D
Dhu,C
Publication date 2011
Publisher Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association
Summary As a white researcher setting out on a research journeywith Indigenous people, how could I deal with theparadox of being part of the problem I was seeking toaddress? Awareness of, and desire to minimise, theimpact of my white privilege would not automaticallycancel it out. Activist researchers who have challengedpowerful systems have a history of being condemned andostracised by colonial centres of power. Would it be myfate to be condemned by the colonial centre of power inwhich I found myself; the academy? Would I also becondemned by those not in positions of power? Whatsignposts could show me how to act, what to do and howto undertake the research journey?This paper outlines the intersecting theories I meldedtogether to use as a map for a critical activist allystandpoint when conducting research in IndigenousPrisoner Education in Western Australia. Drawing ontheories of whiteness, power, critical pedagogy, activismand standpoint theory, I attempt to navigate a directionthat allows for the struggle, uncertainties and paradoxesthat are what it means to work critically as an alliedactivist. I explore some of the challenges I face as acritical, activist ally who is exploring Indigenouseducation in Western Australian prisons. I invite audiencediscussion, feedback and reflection on these challenges
Notes My affiliation was with Murdoch University when this was published
ISBN 978-0-646-56682-5
Field of Research 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime
200211 Postcolonial Studies
Socio Economic Objective 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2011, Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30073730

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Law
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