The Imperial/Neoliberal University: What Does It Mean to Be Included?

  • Lou DearEmail author


Movements like Rhodes Must Fall charged universities with institutionalised racism. Activists argued that addressing the underrepresentation of marginalised staff and students was only part of a complex path towards decolonisation. In imperial/neoliberal universities internationalisation and widening participation programmes are tasked with increasing diversity. However, the politics of diversity and inclusion has have been critiqued (Ahmed 2012), and this chapter sheds light on the experience of participating in British higher education institutions. The chapter reads David Dabydeen’s The Intended (1991) and Diran Adebayo’s Some Kind of Black (1997), illustrating the race, class and gendered costs of inclusion into the imperial/neoliberal university. The texts reveal how universities covet certain bodies and simultaneously, destroy alternative ways of thinking and being, interpersonal relationships, and community and kinship bonds.


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  1. 1.University of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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