Race, gender and educational desire

Paperback / softback, 34 pages, 210 mm x 148 mm
1 Nov 2008
Institute of Education

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In the government, media, and public mind the relationship between 'race' and education is overwhelmingly negative. In Britain when we talk of 'black and minority ethnics in schools' we think of underachievement, rising exclusions and low aspirations. However, research evidence shows racialised people, particularly women, have a positive and enduring relationship with education. Drawing on historical, archival, personal and research evidence, this lecture looks at the pervasive myths behind the link between ‘race and education’ and asks, ‘Why is there a crisis in “multicultural education” in 21st Century Britain?’ It argues that by understanding the black and Asian collective desire for education, we can begin to reclaim the meaning of education, reinstating it as a radical site of resistance and refutation, so evident in the postcolonial experience.

  • Heidi Safia Mirza

    At the time of publication, Heidi Safia Mirza was Professor of Equalities Studies in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.