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    Working as a white adult educator, using our own life stories to explore asymmetries of power and privilege


    Fitzsimons, Camilla (2020) Working as a white adult educator, using our own life stories to explore asymmetries of power and privilege. Studies in the Education of Adults, 52 (1). pp. 88-100. ISSN 0266-0830

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    Abstract

    The article is principally written for adult educators. It models an auto-ethnographic approach situating this within a critical pedagogic orientation. As an adult educator working in the Republic of Ireland, I draw from two instances in my own life that helped me to re-think my racialised identity. By reflecting on discomforts in terms of my own racial identity, the internalised nature of both white supremacy and racial oppression emerge. The stories and reflections that I share are intended as a prompt for other adult educators, particularly white-educators, to think about their own racialised identity and to contemplate ways in which they benefit from often unacknowledged advantages. This awareness can better equip adult educators to problematise simplistic interpretations of multiculturalism and to authentically ally with those who carry the weight of discrimination.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: White-privilege; reflexivity; structural racism; adult education; story;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 13926
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/02660830.2019.1587876
    Depositing User: Camilla Fitzsimons
    Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 15:19
    Journal or Publication Title: Studies in the Education of Adults
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
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