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Teaching "Race" with a Gendered Edge

Edited by Brigitte Hipfl and Kristin Loftsdóttir

Publication Year: 2012

This collection of essays responds to the need to approach questions of race and racism from a feminist perspective, focusing on the intersections of race, class and gender. Only a thorough exploration of these intersections can open up a deeper understanding of racism against particular groups that have emerged in the European historical context and point to ways of intervening in the racial practices of the present. The chapters in the book are structured into two parts: the first section focuses on particular themes like representation of race and gender inequality, as well as everyday racism in educational institutions, whereas in the second section, the intersections of race and gender are explored in national contexts.

Published by: Central European University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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CONTENTS

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pp. v-vii

List of Illustrations

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pp. viii-

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Acknowledgements

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pp. ix-

The idea for writing a book on the intersection of race and gender for the “Teaching with Gender” series emerged in the stimulating discussions of the working group “Postcolonial Europe” chaired by Sandra Ponzanesi and Bolette Blaagaard within ATHENA3, the...

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Teaching “Race” with a Gendered Edge—Introduction

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pp. 1-22

This collection of essays responds to the need to approach questions of race and racism from a feminist perspective, focussing on the intersections of race, class and gender. Only a thorough exploration of these intersections can open up a deeper understanding of racism against particular groups that have emerged in the European...

PART I: THEMATIC EXPLORATIONS

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pp. 23-

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Chapter 1: Breaking the Canon? Critical Reflections on “Other” Literary Traditions

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pp. 25-42

This chapter focuses on the role of the literary canon as a crucial instrument and reference point in pedagogy and teaching about gender and race. The analysis of the construction, working and transformation of the canon, and the Western canon in particular, forms the ideal arena to teach and discuss how the intersection...

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Chapter 2: Monumental Dresses: Coming to Terms with Racial Repression

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pp. 43-60

Phila Portia Ndwandwe was a high-placed South African freedom fighter who had been missing since 1988 and who turned out to have been murdered by the security police. She was the first victim whose remains were exhumed after information was provided by perpetrators appearing before the Amnesty Committee of the Truth...

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Chapter 3: Embodying Otherness while Teaching Race and Genderat White European Universities

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pp. 61-78

Talking about race and thinking through race is puzzling, quite apart from our beliefs, life histories, family heritages, cultural orientations, academic disciplines, and political standpoints. Paradoxically, one can claim both talking about race and not talking...

PART II: EXPRESSIONS OF RACISM AND GENDERIN NATIONAL AND HISTORICAL CONTEXTS

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pp. 79-

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Chapter 4: Disappearing Act: The Forgotten History of Colonialism,Eugenics and Gendered Othering in Denmark

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pp. 81-96

In a political era haunted by the return of nationalist agendas, regrettably Denmark emerges as a pioneer. As in many similar cases, this status has an historical and scientific trajectory. This chapter will point to two major events in Danish history—Danish colonialism and eugenics—which are continuously and actively forgotten...

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Chapter 5: Portugal and the Empire: Discourses and Practices on Raceand Gender

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pp. 97-110

Portugal was the centre of an empire which spread over four continents and spanned nearly six centuries. It was the first and most enduring of the modern European colonial empires. It started in the early 15th century and lasted until 1974, when the fall of the dictatorship in Portugal led to the independence of the colonies in Africa...

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Chapter 6: The French Ban on Headscarves: Rendering Racism Respectable

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pp. 111-126

In our paper we address the French government’s 2004 law that instituted a ban on wearing “conspicuous signs” of religious affiliation in public schools as a representative example of contemporary anxieties about the Muslim faith. France is not the only country in Europe that sees the headscarf as a challenge to secular democracy...

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Chapter 7: Racial/Ethnic Otherness in Polish Public Discourse

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pp. 127-142

Throughout the last two decades feminist and minority scholars and activists have hoped that Poland’s accession to the European Union in 2004 would contribute—literally and metaphorically—to a receptiveness to the ideas of cultural diversity in Polish society, owing not only to increased immigration to Poland but also to...

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Chapter 8: “Not a Country for Women, nor for Blacks”: Teaching Race and Gender in Italy between Colonial Heritagesand New Perspectives

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pp. 143-160

It is only in recent times that Italy has started confronting its colonial past and the consequences of mass migration, thus realising how this history still shapes the present perception of racialised and gendered differences. Scholars from different disciplines have...

List of Contributors

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pp. 161-162

Back cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9786155225062
Print-ISBN-13: 9786155225055

Page Count: 173
Publication Year: 2012

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Subject Headings

  • Racism -- Europe -- Study and teaching.
  • Racism in education -- Europe.
  • Sexism -- Europe -- Study and teaching.
  • Sexism in education -- Europe.
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