Reflexive antiracism : a novel approach to diversity training

Kowal, Emma, Franklin, Hayley and Paradies, Yin 2013, Reflexive antiracism : a novel approach to diversity training, Ethnicities, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 316-336, doi: 10.1177/1468796812472885.

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Title Reflexive antiracism : a novel approach to diversity training
Author(s) Kowal, Emma
Franklin, Hayley
Paradies, YinORCID iD for Paradies, Yin
Journal name Ethnicities
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 316
End page 336
Total pages 21
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013-06
ISSN 1468-7968
Keyword(s) antiracism
diversity training
cultural awareness
Summary This article introduces the concept of reflexive antiracism as a response to two major critiques of antiracism theory and praxis: the dangers of essentialism and the elicitation of counter-productive emotional reactions. The article explores these critiques as they apply to two broad approaches to diversity training: cultural awareness and antiracism. Reflexive antiracism offers an alternative to existing approaches through a focus on racialisation and the formation and maintenance of racialised identities in particular. An emphasis on the paradoxes of racialisation and the contingencies of minority and white antiracist identities can promote a realistic and productive understanding of diversity training that may avoid the pitfalls of existing approaches. To conclude, an outline of factors that contribute to reflexive antiracism praxis are presented, drawing on examples from an existing diversity training course.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1468796812472885
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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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