The ‘Other’ Side of Prejudice: Understanding the Role of Language in Confronting and Overcoming Prejudices

By Paul Throssell and Kate Bobina.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Australia is often called the country of migrants. It has received people from some 200 countries, one quarter of the population was born overseas and since World War II, Australia has been the third highest recipient of refugees in the world. As this society grows more diverse through the interaction of people from different ethnic backgrounds, there is a need for understanding of prejudicial labelling and of discriminatory behaviour and language that breaches societal aspirations for equality. A critical examination is made of the way prejudices are embedded in language and how language is used prejudicially against anyone who can be seen as ‘Other’ due to their language or ethnic background. However, prejudice goes both ways. This paper also looks at the experiences of an ‘Other’ in confronting and resolving personal and enacted prejudices. Insight from these interactive processes, can lead to an increased awareness and understanding of ways of confronting and overcoming prejudices in behaviour and language.

Keywords: Migrants, Refugees, Diversity, Prejudice, Discriminatory Language, Equality, Experiences of an ‘Other’, Prejudices in Language

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 8, pp.69-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 765.134KB).

Dr. Paul Throssell

Lecturer in TESOL, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Paul Throssell is a lecturer in TESOL, with a wide range of experiences related to TESOL, communication, and language learning. He is also a life coach and writer on educational change. He believes strongly in enabling people to choose and build better personal futures, to develop ways to make lives more successful. He also believes that learning to achieve what we want in our lives should be enjoyable, stimulating and purposeful. Paul has lectured at university on teaching and learning for many years, specializing in innovative ways to engage learners. Moreover, he has also written and presented internationally on areas related to lifelong learning and been a ministerial appointee on Home Education. He has achieved a doctorate focused upon agelessness transformation, on breaking our stereotypes of age and living agelessly.

Kate Bobina

Teacher, Tasmanian Polytechnic, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Kate Bobina has experience in working as an English teacher at school and tertiary institutions in Russia. She has completed her Master’s degree in TESOL at the University of Tasmania and works as an English teacher at the Tasmanian Polytechnic teaching students from diverse language and life backgrounds.


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