Dismantling Race in Higher Education

Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy

  • Jason Arday
  • Heidi Safia Mirza

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Let the Facts Speak: Institutional Racism in Higher Education

  4. Outsiders Within the Academy: Surviving the ‘Sheer Weight of Whiteness’

  5. Seize the Day! The Irresistible Rise of Decolonising Movements

  6. Brick Walls and Tick Boxes: The ‘White-Washing’ of Equality and Diversity Policies

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 391-396

About this book


This book reveals the roots of structural racism that limit social mobility and equality within Britain for Black and ethnicised students and academics in its inherently white Higher Education institutions. It brings together both established and emerging scholars in the fields of Race and Education to explore what institutional racism in British Higher Education looks like in colour-blind 'post-race' times, when racism is deemed to be ‘off the political agenda’. Keeping pace with our rapidly changing global universities, this edited collection asks difficult and challenging questions, including why black academics leave the system; why the curriculum is still white; how elite universities reproduce race privilege; and how Black, Muslim and Gypsy traveller students are disadvantaged and excluded.

The book also discusses why British racial equality legislation has failed to address racism, and explores what the Black student movement is doing about this. As the authors powerfully argue, it is only by dismantling the invisible architecture of post-colonial white privilege that the 21st century struggle for a truly decolonised academy can begin. This collection will be essential reading for students and academics working in the fields of Education, Sociology, and Race.


Black Minority and Ethnic BME Participation institutionalised racism Islamophobia Elitism Elite Universities Black Feminist Pedagogies Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Students Muslim Academics race in education

Editors and affiliations

  • Jason Arday
    • 1
  • Heidi Safia Mirza
    • 2
  1. 1.University of RoehamptonLondonUK
  2. 2.Goldsmiths CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60260-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60261-5
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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