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    Can Critical Education Help Address Racial Discrimination in Irish Maternity Settings?

    Fitzsimons, Camilla and Nwanze, Lillian (2023) Can Critical Education Help Address Racial Discrimination in Irish Maternity Settings? Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 20 (3). pp. 215-242. ISSN 2051-0969

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    This study focuses on how self-selecting Muslim women navigated Irish maternity services and uncovers ways in which their care was shaped by often unconscious but nonetheless harmful discriminatory policies and practices. We share examples of overt racism, negative attitudes and a failure to support often basic cultural needs. Some healthcare workers corroborate the stories these women share, for others ‘race’ was an uncomfortable topic. We argue that although education can help, this must be rooted in Freirean, critical pedagogic philosophies that seek to politicise learners by not only illuminating their own prejudicial practices, but by locating these behaviours in an analysis of a global socio-economic model of neoliberal capitalism that relies on structural racism (and patriarchy) for its own survival.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Critical education; structural racism; maternity care; Muslim experiences; workplace education;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 18062
    Depositing User: Camilla Fitzsimons
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2024 15:44
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies
    Publisher: Institute for Education Policy Studies
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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