‘There isn’t kind of a White History Month or anything like that for them’: equity, schooling and the problematics of group identity politics

Keddie, Amanda 2014, ‘There isn’t kind of a White History Month or anything like that for them’: equity, schooling and the problematics of group identity politics, International journal of inclusive education, vol. 18, pp. 809-822, doi: 10.1080/13603116.2013.841295.

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Title ‘There isn’t kind of a White History Month or anything like that for them’: equity, schooling and the problematics of group identity politics
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Journal name International journal of inclusive education
Volume number 18
Start page 809
End page 822
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1360-3116
1464-5173
Keyword(s) equity and schooling
identity politics
cultural diversity
cultural oppression
Summary This paper explores issues of equity and group identity at ‘Hamilton Court’, a large comprehensive multi-faith and multi-cultural school located in England. The exploration draws on data gathered from a study that examined the conditions, structures and practices associated with productively addressing issues of justice and cultural diversity. The paper focuses, in particular, on the voices of two learning mentors, ‘Rosanna’ and ‘Yasmeen’. With reference to a cultural event at the school based around an Asian-inspired Bollywood Dance Festival, the school’s approach to absence requests on the basis of religious observance, and the disadvantage experienced by a particular White British working class boy, the paper highlights tensions and problematics associated with issues of equity, schooling and group identity. The paper makes a theoretical contribution to debates in this area. Further illustrating the limitations of distributive understandings of equity that begin with group identity politics and fail to consider matters of context in struggles against cultural oppressions, it examines the possibilities of an equity approach that instead begins with a focus on overcoming these relations of oppression.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13603116.2013.841295
Field of Research 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
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