Humanizing students as a micro-resistance practice in australian alternative education settings

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    Abstract

    This chapter examines two Australian alternative education programs. Participants describe their experiences in mainstream schools as demoralized and devaluing. In contrast, in the alternative education settings, these same students spoke of feeling valued and treated as human. In this chapter, we argue that alternative educators employ humanizing practices as acts of micro-resistance against this dominant neoliberal discourse. Acts of micro-resistance are composed of everyday activities that weaken and destabilize dominant discourses. In our cases, alternative educators committed commonplace daily acts of educational dignity that communicated to the students that they were seen, heard, and valued. By identifying such humanizing practices within the alternative education setting, lessons are articulated for educators in the mainstream who also seek to resist the current culture of microaggressions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGlobal Perspectives on Microaggressions in Schools
    Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding and Combating Covert Violence
    EditorsJulie K. Corkett, Christine L. Cho, Astrid Steele
    Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
    PublisherRoutledge
    Chapter5
    Pages63-77
    Number of pages15
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Electronic)9781003089681
    ISBN (Print)9780367545529, 9780367545567
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Research in Educational Equality and Diversity
    PublisherRoutledge

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