Antiracism Education?: A Study of an Antiracism Workshop in Finland

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Aminkeng Atabong Alemanji
Boby Mafi
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research
Volume number: 62
Issue number: 2
Start page: 186
End page: 199
eISSN: 0031-3831


In doing antiracism education there is a risk that it can in effect
reinforce the very racialisation it is supposed to fight against. This
paradox becomes a formidable challenge given the ubiquity of race in
contemporary ways of knowing and ways of being for both its subjects and
its objects: more so in an era of “racism without race,” a neoliberal
attempt to move beyond racism without fully coming to terms with racial
histories and their accompanying racialising consequences. This study
examines the challenges of doing antiracism education within a
multiculturalist framework using the case of KYTKE, a non-governmental
organisation project in upper-secondary schools in Finland. We argue
that when antiracism education fails to critically examine power
relations in established traditions and knowledge or when it does not
genuinely prioritise knowledge generated through the creative resistance
of racialised groups, it can participate in re-inscribing racialised
social relations.


Education policy, Finland, racism, Research-based teacher education

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