Racism and bullying in rural primary schools: protecting white identities post- Macpherson

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Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • University of Portsmouth

Abstract

This paper examines how two primary schools in rural England with overwhelmingly White populations (of students and teachers) dealt with incidents of racist bullying in relation to their race equality policies. The data is drawn from in-depth interviews with parents, head teachers and teachers. The paper draws on the work of Foucault to argue that students are situated in a ‘historical moment’ in which schools acknowledge racism formally and publicly,
but this does not reflect their informal, private practices. Consequently, whilst systems are established that could respond to racist bullying, in practice these do not necessarily emerge in the school. A local discourse emerges that counters suggestions of racism by pointing to the existence of anti-racist systems and describing racism as something distanced geographically and historically from rural settings. White identities are both privileged and protected by
this process whilst non-white students are disadvantaged.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-143
Number of pages28
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume38
Issue number2
Early online date1 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • rural racism, primary schools, POLICY