Addressing denial: the first step in responding to racism

Babacan, Hurriyet (2008) Addressing denial: the first step in responding to racism. In: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order, pp. 1-10. From: Second International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order, 6-7 December 2007, Pelican Waters, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Racism is a set of beliefs and behaviors based on the presumption that "races" are inherently different, thereby excluding certain groups from equal access to social goods. Racist beliefs and behaviors are often manifested in multiple, historically specific, situationally variable, often contradictory ways that intersect very closely with nationalist and religious identity, and are gendered in complex ways. In Australia, the colonization process saw racism against Aboriginal people and 'non-white' foreigners dominated by notions of biological and moral inferiority (Hollinsworth 2006). This "old form of racism" in which ethnic minorities were viewed as biologically inferior was preeminent within the colonialism and institutionalized racism paradigm until the 1970s (McMaster 2001). As the voting power and contribution of immigrants of Non-English Speaking Backgrounds (NESB) began to become more visible, multiculturalism was adopted as a policy in Australia. This led to the recognition of the different ethnicities, cultures, religions and languages as well as ending the belief those other cultures were inferior to the mainstream white British culture (Freeman and Jupp 1999).

Item ID: 17913
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
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ISBN: 978-0-9804744-1-1
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2011 05:26
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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