Towards a praxis of difference: Reimagining intercultural understanding in Australian schools as a challenge of practice

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Abstract

Intercultural education in Australia has been positioned in State-based official curriculum and education policy as developing understanding between diverse cultural groups. However, cultivating such understanding far more complex in practice than policy and curriculum directives can capture. In Australia, eruptions of intercultural tensions has an ongoing and complex history. This paper examines the challenges for teachers’ intercultural practice in one Australian public school setting. Reporting on a single-site ethnography drawing on Lefebvre’s production of space. I conceptualise teachers’ intercultural work as a praxis of difference, this paper problematises the way intercultural education is often taken up in tokenistic ways and advocates for reimagining intercultural education as a challenge of practice. I argue that an examination of the conditions that produce complex relations between diverse cultural groups in particular spaces is a productive starting point for developing intercultural understanding as a relational praxis of difference .
Original languageEnglish
JournalPedagogy, Culture and Society
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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