Antiblackness in English higher education

MADRIAGA, Manuel (2018). Antiblackness in English higher education. International Journal of Inclusive Education.

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Abstract

This article highlights antiblackness pervading English higher education. This antiblackness is attributed to a majoritarian view, which not only upholds the view that education is value-neutral, meritocratic, colour-blind, but also has a cultural disregard for those racialized as Black Minority Ethnic (BME). There has been considerable attention drawn to the achievement gap issue in English higher education in which those racialized as BME are less likely to obtain a ‘good honours’ degree than those identified as white upon graduation. However, there is no critical work, as of yet, which examines university responses to addressing it. This paper sets out to investigate this, as well as the extent of institutions embracing a majoritarian view of race inequalities in education. This is done through reframing the issue by examining race equality action plans of six English universities. These six universities all received positive national recognition for their race equality work. A reframed reading of these institutional policy documents concludes that colour-blind interpretations of inclusion reproduce not only a misrecognition of differences of students of colour but also a rejection of their humanity.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Institute of Education
Departments: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2018.1512660
Depositing User: Manuel Madriaga
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2018 13:26
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 13:39
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22297

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