Practice and Prejudice: The Media as Informal Curriculum in Depictions of Arabs

Mr. Paul Olson,
Scott Poynting
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The paper examines the portrayal, in the 'Western' media, of Muslim and Arab communities in the post-9/11 era, offering a comparative study of Canada and Australia. It argues that there is considerable prejudice of a similar nature exerted in the treatment of both groups in both countries. It also argues that the legislative initiatives in both countries around 'security' issues regarding immigrants and asylum seekers lend tacit legitimacy to such prejudice. It analyses, in this respect, Bill C-11 in Canada (The Immigration and Protection Act) and the Security Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Act of 2004 in Australia. The paper argues that these are not only major issues of equity within our communities and schools, but also represent an important area for educators to address inclusiveness in classroom settings.

Keywords: Ethnic Inclusion, Social Justice, Combating Prejudice, Comparative Education
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Mr. Paul Olson

Associate Professor, Sociology and Equity Studies The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education , The University of Toronto

Scott Poynting

Associate Professor , School of Humanities/The Bankstown Campus, University of Western Sydney

Dr Poynting teaches in the School of Humanities at the University of Western Sydney. He is co-author of 'Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalising the Arab Other' (Institute of Criminology, 2004) and of 'Kebabs, Kids, Cops and Crime' (Pluto Australia, 2000) and a recent report for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 'Living with Racism'.

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