Coloniality of power and international students experience: what are the ethical responsibilities of social work and human service educators?

Udah, Hyacinth (2021) Coloniality of power and international students experience: what are the ethical responsibilities of social work and human service educators? Ethics and Social Welfare, 15 (1). pp. 84-99.

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Abstract

This article explores theoretical responses to the living structures of dominance and subordination within modern postcolonial societies, highlighting racialised international students’ experiences within Australian universities. Drawing on coloniality of power and border thinking, it seeks to address ethical responsibilities for social work and human service educators from the author’s positioning as a non-Western immigrant ‘Other’, and experience of belonging as an educator of future social work and human service practitioners in Australia. Utilising autoethnographic and qualitative study, the article offers great insight into the systemic nature of discrimination in Australian tertiary education institutions. It suggests a need for critical, self-reflexive awareness about the legacies of colonialism and hegemonic whiteness to permeate social work and human service profession and education. This article, thus, enables decolonising minds, securing informed understanding, and initiating a shift in the way non-white (and non-Western) racialised international social work students are seen, constructed, and understood in contemporary Australian (Western) societies.

Item ID: 65997
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1749-6543
Keywords: Autoethnography, coloniality of power, border thinking, international students, racialisation, social work and human services ethics
Copyright Information: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2021 04:48
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440902 Counselling, wellbeing and community services @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440903 Social program evaluation @ 50%
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23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230110 Migrant and refugee settlement services @ 40%
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230112 Social class and inequalities @ 30%
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