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Inside The Contract Zone: White teachers in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands


Samantha Schulz 
Flinders University, School of Education 
samantha.schulz@flinders.edu.au 

 

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This paper represents an autoethnographic exploration of white teachers in South Australia's Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, through the lens of critical whiteness studies and racial contract theory. The broad aim of the paper is to return the gaze on the white subject within the context of White Australia. Moreover, this article seeks to position the teacher as a site of representation; a site for the reproduction and potential disruption of the relations of dominance 'in situ'. I employ a narrative technique to locate my Self as a writer and as a racialised subject; to critique my structural and cultural location as a teacher in the Pitjantjatjara Lands; and to argue that autoethnography may be harnessed as one of the many tools for negotiating forms of critical pedagogy within the transcultual setting. 

Autoethnography, whiteness, racial contract theory, Pitjantjatjara Lands, critical pedagogy

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Schulz, S. (2007) Inside The Contract Zone: White teachers in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. International Education Journal, 8 (2), 270-283.
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