Journal article

Indigenous young people, disadvantage and the violence of settler colonial education policy and curriculum

Lilly Brown

Journal of Sociology | Sage Publications | Published : 2019


In this article, I argue that settler colonial violence is manifest both in the experiences of Indigenous young people in their engagement with the education system, and in the fact that despite a decade of targeted efforts to close the gap in Indigenous educational ‘disadvantage’ – it still remains. Drawing on a small qualitative study undertaken with Indigenous high school students from across New South Wales, Australia, this research reveals that the dismissal of Indigenous knowledge, stories and perspectives within the classroom is reflective of the broader absence in education policy of a critical engagement with the past and how it impacts both the present and the future. Before conclu..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.