Meeting the stranger within: considering a pedagogy of belonging

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Austin, Jon. 2010. "Meeting the stranger within: considering a pedagogy of belonging." Hayes, Anna and Mason, Robert (ed.) Migrant Security 2010: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era. Toowoomba, Australia 15 - 16 Jul 2010 Toowoomba, Australia.
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Meeting the stranger within: considering a pedagogy of belonging

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AuthorAustin, Jon
EditorsHayes, Anna and Mason, Robert
Journal or Proceedings TitleMigrant Security 2010: Refereed Proceedings of the National Symposium Titled Migrant Security 2010: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era
Number of Pages8
Year2010
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://eprints.usq.edu.au/9189/
Conference/EventMigrant Security 2010: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era
Event Details
Migrant Security 2010: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era
Event Date
15 to end of 16 Jul 2010
Event Location
Toowoomba, Australia
Abstract

The image of the Migrant is one of the defining motifs of contemporary times and has given rise to concerns for security both for and from the immigrant. The postmodern experience of globalizing systems has meant that concomitant ruptures and reformations of anchors of belonging - the disruption of place-based senses of identity - have led to a sense of constancy of transience, of a permanent process of Settling without any real sense of Belonging. The experience of Migrant is one of an encounter with difference and strangeness, dissonance and anxiety for both the Arrival and for those already in Place. How Difference is perceived and received will determine the ease with which the Arrival is admitted to Place. Genuinely critical educative work is a vehicle for the mediation of a prevailing conceptualization of Difference as deficit and its reformulation in the public consciousness as presenting no barrier to Belonging.

Drawing on Baumann’s social commentary and notions of community in the contemporary era and on Giroux’s notion of border pedagogies, this presentation will sketch a possible pedagogy of belonging derived from a shift in focus from the Arrival to those in Place, from the Other to the Self. In this, emphasis is placed on the ideas of zones of difference, community, belonging and the educative imperative of “turning the gaze” on to the Centre.

Keywordsbelonging; border pedagogy; borderlands; difference; liquid times
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390199. Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
440303. Migration
441013. Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Department of Humanities and International Studies
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