Speaking Out against Racism in the University Space

Paperback / softback, 148 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
1 Jun 2018
Trentham Books

Price: £19.99

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This book yields new and valuable insights into race and racism in higher education institutions. The powerful combination of accounts by minoritized students of their experiences and views, the frame of analysis based on Critical Race Theory, and the personal affinity and empathy of the author with her students, reveal the institutionalized structures, bigoted opinions and insidious discrimination that prevail.

Yet universities should be challenging such racism, particularly when it is rising and spreading. The book shows how they can examine their staff and student recruitment, investigate their teaching methods and policies, and decolonize their curricula. How we listen to the student voice, and the spaces the university provides for minoritized students to speak freely, are the first steps to making institutions of higher education truly inclusive - the domain of social justice.

  • Shirin Housee

    Shirin Housee is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Wolverhampton.

CONTENTS: Foreword, by Farzana Shain; Introduction: Hear them out! PART ONE: 1. Higher education and the race debate; 2. Outsiders within; 3. Intersectionality - the impact of race and gender on students’ lives; 4. Is it cos of my colour? 5. Being and belonging; PART TWO: 6. Battlefields of knowing - racism from the inside; 7. Sounding out the silences; 8. Now you know about racism, what are you going to do about it? 9. What is the point of building antiracism? References; Index

‘Housee brings her deep-rooted wisdom and experience as a teacher and scholar to the much-vexed questions of rampant racism and Islamophobia in higher education. By allowing her black and minority students to speak truth to power Housee gently guides us to the answers, showing us what decolonising pedagogy and antiracist practice really means. This powerful and inspirational book brings much needed light, clarity and care to a sector in crisis.’

Heidi Safia Mirza, Professor of Race, Faith and Culture, Goldsmiths, University of London

‘Universities generally see themselves as bastions of high standards and meritocratic ideals; in Speaking Out against Racism in the University Space, Shirin Housee explodes this comfortable myth and exposes the racist reality that routinely shapes higher education for many young people. Importantly, the book adopts an intersectional approach that examines how a range of issues (including racism, sexism, social class and Islamophobia) combine in complex and hugely destructive ways.’

David Gillborn, Director, Centre for Research in Race and Education (CRRE), University of Birmingham

‘This vital book debunks the myth that universities are merely passive reflectors of the social inequalities that exist in wider society. Housee reveals universities as powerful institutions that play a significant role in reproducing racism - and which therefore have a duty to challenge that racism.’

Paul Warmington, Associate Professor, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick

‘Speaking Out against Racism in the University Space is written from the heart. It develops insights about student and lecturer experience of Islamaphobia while illuminating the author’s call to arms for a more democratic higher education system underpinned by the emancipatory power of antiracist pedagogy in transforming teaching and learning, and challenging racism experienced by minoritized students.’

Uvanney Maylor, Professor of Education, Institute for Research in Education, University of Bedfordshire