International Perspectives on Race (and Racism): Historical and Contemporary Considerations in Education and Society


Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC031000

This volume brings together cutting edge research, critical commentary and candid, personal accounts in a rich array of fresh perspectives on the dimensions of race and racism that have been prevalent in many societies (for instance, in education, other sectors of human resource development and mainstream versus minority life experiences). Contributions from countries and settings worldwide illustrate the diversity of experiences and situations regarding race that have existed in a given time period, and the complexity of injustice issues wherein race is one of many interrelated and entwined factors contributing to a situation in a given society.

Sub-themes emerge in aspects such as language, religion, gender, age, culture, national origin and immigrant status, migration history, workforce demands and literature. Accounts of pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial historical contexts — and the accompanying shifts in attitudes and policies toward racial groups, ethnic minority groups, indigenous peoples and other subaltern groups offer readers a view on significant changes in the world regarding diversity and identity issues. These matters are rooted in policy and practices of daily life in the context of globalization and in comparative perspective across countries. Insider perspectives, personal accounts and author testimonies from inside countries add a valuable personal dimension. Furthermore, this collection brings together cases in a wide range of settings, both in developed countries of the north and in developing countries and post-colonial states of the south, and a spread of perspectives from established scholars as well as new emerging scholars.

Collectively, the contributions also focus on efforts to transcend the legacies of racism and injustice, exploitation and exclusion. The different cases reveal universal issues and common threads, and also contextually shaped distinctive features within different countries. The result is a panorama of insights on race and related issues as well as prospects for building post-racial societies, ranging from the global level and the local level within countries to personal dimensions. This collection is distinctive in that all regions of the world are represented, and it includes stories from the corners of the world that are seldom highlighted.

This volume is a valuable resource illustrating historical and contemporary research along with thoughts on race and racism issues. While the interdisciplinary fields of Comparative and International Education and Post-Colonial Studies are the primary scholarly areas of focus, because of the interdisciplinary nature of the content, it will interest scholars and readers in a wide spectrum of fields including education, history, political science and policy studies, comparative literature, sociology, culture studies, literature, art, social work, development studies, global studies, third world studies and diversity and multiculturalism studies.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Race and Racism Worldwide: A Panorama of Perspectives and Contextual Complexities
Diane Brook Napier (University of Georgia, USA)

Chapter 2. Illusion of a Lost Past: Educational Co-habitation of Five Ethnies in Manchuria: Personal Biographical Notes and Methodological Reflections
Shin’ichi Suzuki (Waseda University, Japan)

Chapter 3. Education and the End of the Myth of Racial Harmony in New Zealand
David Small (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

Chapter 4. Beyond Social Justice Agendas: Indigenous Knowledges in Pre-Service Teacher Education and Practice in Australia
Juliana M. McLaughlin and Susan L. Whatman (Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and others)

Chapter 5. Is the Kenyan Child Still Weeping? A Quest for Education within the Backdrop of Colonial and Post-Colonial Violations
Judith J. Jefwa (University of Nairobi, Kenya)

Chapter 6. Official Bilingualism and Clashing Colonial Legacies in Cameroon: A Historical Analysis Since Reunification in 1961 to the Present
Willibroad Dze-Ngwa (University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon)

Chapter 7. The Making of Identity and Africa: Voices of the Struggle to be African in South Africa
Crain Soudien, Yusuf Sayed and Shervani K. Pillay (University of Cape Town, South Africa, and others)

Chapter 8. European Policies on the Education of Roma Children: The Case of Spain
Luis Miguel Lázaro, Violeta Álvarez Fernández and Victoria Martín de la Rosa (University of Valencia, Spain, and others)

Chapter 9. Special Educational Needs and Foreign Children in Italy: Interpretations and Ambiguities
Melita Cristaldi (Studio Interdisciplinare di Scienze Sociali e Umane, Italy)

Chapter 10. Racialization through “Time” in Brazil‘s Cooperation in Higher Education: An Ethnographic Case Study of UNILAB
Susanne Ress (University of Wisconsin, USA)

Chapter 11. Rethinking Costa Rica‘s Racial Exceptionalism: Race Relations, Language Policy, and Development
Joanna Greer Koch (North Carolina State University, USA)

Chapter 12. You Look and Sometimes Sound the Same: Unpacking Racism Towards Nicaraguan Immigrants in Costa Rica
Steven Locke (University of Wyoming) and

Carlos J. Ovando (Arizona State University, USA)

Chapter 13. The Role of Cuba’s Educational System towards Eliminating Racial Discrimination
Lidia Turner Martí, Elvira Martín Sabina and Isora Justina Enríquez O´Farrill (José Varona Pedagogical University of Havana, Cuba, and others)

Chapter 14. Discrimination and Exclusion in the Construction of Social Relations: Case Study in the Telesecundaria of Zozocolco of Hidalgo, Veracruz, Mexico
Sonia Comboni Salinas and José Manuel Juárez Núñez (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Campus Xochimilco, México)

Chapter 15. Racism and Multicultural Education in Canadian Schooling
K. P. Binda, Tara J. Hall and Nadia Binda-Moir (Brandon University, Canada, and others)

Chapter 16. Quebec Identity Politics and Anti-Muslim Bias in Quebec Secondary Schools
Naved Bakali (McGill University, Canada)

Chapter 17. Understanding Institutional Racism from the Perspective of Racialized Female Student Activists in the Canadian Context
Mahtab Nazemi (University of Washington, USA)

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This volume will be a valuable resource illustrating historical and contemporary research along with thoughts on race and racism issues. Primarily, it aims to serve as a scholarly reference and research contribution for researchers and scholars in the interdisciplinary fields of Comparative and International Education and Post-Colonial Studies. Also, a teaching resource/text for the graduate university level market, it could serve as a required or supplementary text in any number of courses particularly in the fields listed above, or even as an Honors or upper level/AP text in the subject areas listed above. It could also be useful for Policy makers interested in the issues highlighted in the book. NGOs and Church leaders interested in the issues highlighted in the book, particularly those focusing on social justice/injustice . The “educated public”, people with an educated interest in human rights, history, and societal developments in different countries and regions of the world.

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