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Racism and Other Concrete Challenges

Racism and Other Concrete Challenges

Racism and antisemitism have long historic roots. Knowledge about both history and present sentiments is important to recognize and understand these phenomena. This is also relevant for other forms of group hostility, such as Muslim-focused enmity, sexism, prejudices against LGBTQ+-persons and against disabled people.

Some associate racism with extremely negative attitudes and sentiments only, like those we find among neo-Nazis. However, many victims of racism instead connect it to everyday occurrences signalizing how they are perceived as different, i.e. everyday racism. Focus on these mechanisms is important to make sure schools are able to pick up on students' experiences of outsiderness.

On these pages you will find information about multiple specific forms of prejudices and group hostility. You can also read about different pedagogical approaches to these phenomena. We differentiate between two types of pedagogy: inclusive and critical. Inclusive pedagogy's goal is to make minorities feel included in the community. Critical pedagogy, on the other hand, questions whether school and society is equal and fair for everyone, no matter the background.

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Vibeke Moe
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Everyday Racism and Microaggressions

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