This is really great work-especially for a Turk: a critical race theory analysis of Turkish Belgian students' discrimination experiences

Fatma Zehra Çolak, Lore Van Praag, Ides Nicaise

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Abstract

Students of Turkish descent suffer various forms of discrimination in education in Flanders (the northern part of Belgium). Nevertheless, few studies have documented how these discrimination experiences are situated within structures of ethnic inequality in education. Adopting a critical race theory approach, experiences of Turkish Belgian university students were analysed to expose deficit assumptions towards ethnic minorities and push against inequity in education. The accounts of students show the exclusionary treatment they were exposed to despite the dominating discourses of colorblindness in education. Students ubiquitous microaggressions, and exclusionary curriculum shape studentstextquotesingle experiences at university context and affirm White normativity. These findings highlight the urgency of challenging against systems and structures of racism in education. The implications for research and practice are detailed in the concluding section.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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