Author: Kerry McDuling
ISBN: 9781920824266

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Australians live in a rich multicultural society which relies on the understanding and tolerance of all of its citizens. Racist and discriminatory attitudes can destroy the very structure of our society. These are learnt attitudes, though their foundations lie not in knowledge, but in ignorance. It is only through education that the culture of ignorance that causes this destructive and divisive behaviour can be overcome.

Kerry McDuling addresses these issues and guides students through a series of exercises and examples designed to foster a positive and creative approach to cultural differences. Students are asked to research their own cultural roots and then put themselves in the position of someone who is migrating to a foreign country.

Examples of discriminatory regimes in South Africa, the United States of America and Nazi Germany are showcased as are the cultural attitudes that lead to the creation of these policies. The individuals who implemented, suffered under, or fought against these oppressive régimes are highlighted.

Topics covered include:

  • stereotypes
  • bullying as discrimination
  • direct and indirect discrimination
  • hate crimes
  • putting a stop to bullying
  • enjoying cultural diversity
Each section of the book comes with student exercises designed to increase awareness of discrimination through research, self examination and practical examples. The positive benefits of cultural diversity are explained, an increasingly important task in the current world political climate.

Kerry McDuling has six years experience as journalist, writing on a variety of subjects for local, national and international newspapers magazines and industry journals. She holds a degree in Journalism and Psychology from the University of Queensland.

Additional Information

Subtitle Understanding Cultural Diversity and Discrimination
Author Kerry McDuling
Series Name No
Series Number No
ISBN 9781920824266
Format Paperback
Pages 38
Publisher Knowledge Books and Software
Publication Date 3/10/2003
Curriculum N/A
Weight (kg) 0.5000