Pieces of Harmony: Co-Constructing Calm, Cohesive Communities

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This paper discusses a project funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s Living in Harmony program that worked with students in six high schools in south-western Sydney, Sydney’s most culturally diverse region. Following the Cronulla beach riots, a local riot at Macquarie Fields and violent altercations between youths in the local area of Liverpool, the University of Western Sydney worked with the students from these schools to research understandings about cultural difference, race and harmony. This paper presents the students’ findings plus a multimedia DVD trailer that shows some of the student perceptions of harmony, principals’ evaluation, the process undertaken and segments from a final performance constructed by students. A small number of DVD’s will be available.


Keywords: Youth, Cultural Difference, Anti-Racism, Youth as Researchers, Multimedia
Stream: Race and Racism
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Carol Reid

Associate Head of School, School Of Education, University of Western Sydney
Penrith, N.S.W., Australia

I bring a comparative perspective to my teaching and research (Canada, The Netherlands, Sweden). My research has a focus on teachers and the transformative possibilities resulting from global movements of people and global connections especially in terms of immigrant teachers and Indigenous teachers. I am also committed to working with local schools regarding responses to inequitable social conditions and work to understand emerging processes of racialisation. I also have a long term teaching and research interest in the democratising possibilities of new technologies.

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