How “Diversity” Trumped “Race” at One Elite Research University

  • Jorge MariscalEmail author


The multiple functions of “race” in the neoliberal university are inextricably linked to the hegemonic force of privatization and its accomplices – generic diversity, “paper revolutionism,” and their ultimate enabler--class-based elitism (“excellence”). The teaching of racial subjects at neoliberal educational institutions in the early twenty-first century are unintentionally complicit with market values whenever it is not accompanied by an anti-racist reform movement led by student, staff, non-academic organizations, and faculty coalitions. Being “non-racist” at the level of personal relations is not being “anti-racist” at the level of institutional change. In elite research campuses, theorizing “race” (even in juxtaposition to other categories) is easily co-opted and therefore rarely produces a challenge to institutional racism.


Minority Student Ethnic Study Campus Climate Minority Faculty Campus Life 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California – San DiegoSan DiegoUSA

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