Educational provision for refugee youth in Australia: left to chance?

Sidhu, Ravinder and Taylor, Sandra (2007) Educational provision for refugee youth in Australia: left to chance?. Journal of Sociology, 43 3: 283-300. doi:10.1177/1440783307080107


Author Sidhu, Ravinder
Taylor, Sandra
Title Educational provision for refugee youth in Australia: left to chance?
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
Publication date 2007-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783307080107
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 43
Issue 3
Start page 283
End page 300
Total pages 18
Place of publication London
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
330103 Sociology of Education
330104 Educational Policy, Administration and Management
749906 Education policy
Abstract This article investigates how education bureaucracies in Australia use languages of categorization and promote community partnerships to construct and govern the refugee subject. We use a framework of governmentality to analyse education policies and statements emerging from two levels of government - Commonwealth and state. Drawing on web-based materials, policy statements and accounts of parliamentary debates, the article documents the ways in which refugee education continues to be subsumed within broader education policies and programmes concerned with social justice, multiculturalism and English language provision. Such categorizations are premised on an undifferentiated ethnoscape that ignores the significantly different learning needs and sociocultural adjustments faced by refugee students compared with migrants and international students. At the same time, educational programmes of inclusion that are concerned with utilizing community organizations to deliver services and enhance participation, point to the emergence of I government through community partnerships' - a mode of governance increasingly associated with advanced liberal societies.
Keyword Sociology
community partnerships
equity
governmentality
refugees
schooling
Community
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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