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The Power of One on One: Human Libraries and the Challenges of Antiracism Work

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Abstract


  • This research analyses Human Libraries as an innovative new antiracism strategy.

    The first Living Libraries began as community-led responses to local experiences of

    racism in the context of wider politics of fear and prejudice during the ‘war on terror’

    both internationally – at the Roskilde Music Festival in Denmark, and in Australia –

    at Lismore in northern NSW. While the aims and activities of Living Libraries have

    diversified as the concept has been widely applied, our research focuses on the original

    aims of addressing prejudice and racism. We analyse the achievements and limitations

    of Human Libraries as an antiracism strategy, and reflect on the pros and cons of the

    shifting aims of Living Library projects.

    The framework for analysis was developed with reference to the scholarly literature on

    antiracism strategies, and on the possibilities and limitations of contact theory and

    storytelling techniques in particular. Here we focus on critiques of existing antiracism

    strategies in order to identify the key challenges for innovation.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Dreher, T. & Mowbray, J. (2012). The Power of One on One: Human Libraries and the Challenges of Antiracism Work. Broadway, New South Wales: UTS Publishing.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/265

Abstract


  • This research analyses Human Libraries as an innovative new antiracism strategy.

    The first Living Libraries began as community-led responses to local experiences of

    racism in the context of wider politics of fear and prejudice during the ‘war on terror’

    both internationally – at the Roskilde Music Festival in Denmark, and in Australia –

    at Lismore in northern NSW. While the aims and activities of Living Libraries have

    diversified as the concept has been widely applied, our research focuses on the original

    aims of addressing prejudice and racism. We analyse the achievements and limitations

    of Human Libraries as an antiracism strategy, and reflect on the pros and cons of the

    shifting aims of Living Library projects.

    The framework for analysis was developed with reference to the scholarly literature on

    antiracism strategies, and on the possibilities and limitations of contact theory and

    storytelling techniques in particular. Here we focus on critiques of existing antiracism

    strategies in order to identify the key challenges for innovation.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Dreher, T. & Mowbray, J. (2012). The Power of One on One: Human Libraries and the Challenges of Antiracism Work. Broadway, New South Wales: UTS Publishing.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/265