Combatting antisemitism in the school playground: an Australian case study

Zehavit Gross, Suzanne D. Rutland

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The aim of Gross and Rutland's paper is to analyse the problem of antisemitic bullying in contemporary Australian state schools by investigating the case of Jewish children in those schools. The study is interdisciplinary, drawing on historical data and educational methodology, and employs a qualitative approach through semi-structured interviews conducted in Sydney and Melbourne with all the major actors: students (55), teachers (10), principals (4), parents (13) and Jewish communal leaders (10). Gross and Rutland argue that classical anti-Jewish stereotypes are perpetuated in the school playground, transmitted by children from one generation to the next. This finding provides an additional perspective to the general literature, which argues that racial prejudice and stereotypes are acquired primarily through home socialization, religious institutions and the media, and neglects the role of the school playground.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-330
Number of pages22
JournalPatterns of Prejudice
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2014


  • Australian Jewry
  • antisemitism
  • classrooms
  • denial
  • ethnic groups
  • playground bullying
  • prejudice
  • racial stereotypes
  • racism
  • religious education

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History


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