Role of discomfort and disruption in anti-racism

Babacan, Hurriyet (2013) Role of discomfort and disruption in anti-racism. In: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order: realities of culture, colour and identity. pp. 21-29. From: Third International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order: realities of culture, colour and identity, 29-31 August 2012, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Racism is a complex issue and can have strong impacts on the feelings, views, attitudes and values held by people involved. Open discussion of racism has potential consequences or implications or threats to individuals, community groups, civil society, government, industry or other stakeholders. At the core of any intervention to challenge racism are ways to critically think about racism and how they are reproduced. However, racism is a 'sensitive' topic for discussion, research and policy. There is a need to 'disrupt' the way we think about racism. The way that this disruption can occur is to work through the discomfort that discussions on racism produce to reach a position of awareness and develop new possibilities. This paper explores what constitutes sensitive discussion, then addresses issues of racism denial and focuses on ideas of discomfort.

Item ID: 30070
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9875922-6-2
Keywords: racism, sensitivity, denial
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This conference proceeding is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence. You are free to copy, communicate and adapt this work, so long as you attribute James Cook University [The Cairns Institute] and the authors.

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