chapter  2
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DeCentred threads resist the expected

ByAdrian Holliday, Sara Amadasi

This chapter focuses on engaging with deCentred narratives that cultural travellers bring with them, which may not conform to the established Centre narratives of the place at which they are arriving, but which nevertheless contribute richness and enhanced human awareness to that place. It also focuses on the first part of the research, in one of the primary schools that constituted the wider project, with children with migration backgrounds aged seven to ten. From a Centre-deCentred perspective, we perceive integration to be a Centre force when it implies a functional belonging to a bounded homogenous cultural whole. These deCentred narratives may come from unexpected places; an overriding principle is that they, and the cultural travellers that bring them, are good for all of us because they shake us out of established thinking.