1st Edition

The Relationality of Race in Education Research

    204 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection examines the ways in which the local and global are key to understanding race and racism in the intersectional context of contemporary education. Analysing a broad range of examples, it highlights how race and racism is a relational phenomenon, that interconnects local, national and global contexts and ideas.

    The current educational climate is subject to global influences and the effects of conservative, hyper-nationalist politics and neoliberal economic rationalising in local settings that are creating new formations of race and racism. While focused predominantly on Australia and southern world or settler colonial contexts, the book aims to constructively contribute to broader emerging research and debates about race and education. Through the adoption of a relational framing, it draws the Australian context into the global conversation about race and racism in education in ways that challenge and test current understandings of the operation of race and racism in contemporary social and educational spaces. Importantly, it also pushes debates about race and racism in education and research to the foreground in Australia where such debates are typically dismissed or cursorily engaged.

    The book will guide readers as they navigate issues of race in education research and practice, and its chapters will serve as provocations designed to assist in critically understanding this challenging field. It reaches beyond education scholarship, as concerns to do with race remain intertwined with wider social justice issues such as access to housing, health, social/economic mobility, and political representation.

    Series Editor’s Preface


    Section 1: Concepts, politics and race in education

    Chapter 1. New relationalities of race and education? Computational futures and molecular spaces

    Kalervo N. Gulson

    Chapter 2. PISA, Tiger parenting, and private coaching: The discursive construction of ‘the Asian’ in globalised education policy field

    Keita Takayama

    Chapter 3. Decolonizing race theory: place, survivance & sovereignty

    Nikki Moodie

    Chapter 4. White governmentality, life history, and the cultural politics of race in remote settings: Situating the teacher/voluntourist

    Sam Schulz

    Section 2: Researching race in teaching and learning

    Chapter 5. Beyond ‘getting along’: Understanding embodied whiteness in educational spaces

    Jessica Walton

    Chapter 6. White microaffirmations in the classroom <-> Encounters with everyday race-making

    Greg Vass

    Chapter 7. The raced space of learning and teaching: Aboriginal voices speak back to the university

    Tracey Bunda

    Chapter 8. ‘I have walked many miles in these shoes’: Interrogating racialised subject positions through the stories we tell

    Audrey Fernandes-Satar & Nado Aveling

    Chapter 9. Decolonising colonial education researchers in ‘near remote’ parts of Australia.

    John Guenther, Eva McRae-Williams, Sam Osborne and Emma Williams

    Section 3: Continuities and ruptures in race and education

    Chapter 10. What if racism is a permanent feature of this society? Exploring the potential of racial realism for education researchers.

    Jacinta Maxwell

    Chapter 11. The two years that killed a First Nations University

    Kathryn Gilbey and Rob McCormack

    Chapter 12. The past in the present: Identifying the violence of success and the relief of failure

    Sophie Rudolph

    Chapter 13. What does theory matter? Conceptualising race critical research

    Sharon Stein & Vanessa Andreotti

    Chapter 14. Afterword – ‘Critical Education for Critical Times’

    Zeus Leonardo


    Greg Vass is a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Australia. His work in the Sociology of Education is concerned with social and Indigenous perspectives in education. His research interests are focused on investigating relationships between policy enactment, and pedagogic/curricula performative race-making practices and inequalities. This work explores how discrimination and privilege are connected to subjectivities that continue to rely on racialised social scripts and everyday practices. Building on his experiences as a high school teacher, central to his work are concerns with how educators can work towards disrupting the reproduction of raced hierarchies and inequalities within educational settings.

    Jacinta Maxwell is a Pākehā New Zealander and a non-Indigenous Australian, who is currently a Lecturer at the School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Her doctoral research examined stated and implicit intentions underpinning the inclusion of the 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures’ cross-curriculum priority within the Australian Curriculum. Jacinta’s research engages with critical race theories of education, policy and curriculum, and notions of national culture in international and offshore schools.

    Sophie Rudolph is a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia. She has a long-standing interest in exploring issues of social justice, difference and equity in education. As a non-Indigenous, Anglo-settler Australian she has been particularly interested in the impact that colonial history has on present day inequalities in Australia.  These interests frame her teaching and research practices.  Her research includes sociological and historical examinations of education and investigates issues of curriculum, pedagogy and politics in education, policy and practice.  Her work is informed by critical and post-structuralist theories and aims to offer opportunities for working towards social change. Her PhD thesis was awarded a Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in 2016.

    Kalervo N. Gulson is Associate Professor in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia. His work is located across social, political and cultural geography, education policy studies, and science and technology studies. His current research programme examines Code, Data, Science and Education policy.

    Despite the happy talk over the past decade of a ‘post-racial’ society, this book brings together a collection of essays that shows persuasively how racism continues to shape many of our discourses and institutions in education, and how it might be possible to employ a range of research strategies for unsettling practices that have disastrous consequences for the experiences and aspirations of students viewed as ‘others’.

    Fazal Rizvi, The University of Melbourne Australia