Towards an anti-racist academic practice
List curated by Sehrish Tahir in her document Support Resources: Towards Narrowing the Degree Awarding Gap in Department for Education, Childhood and Inclusion.
In form of an annotated bibliography, this collection of material sorted according to themes should considered as highly selective within different contexts, e.g. (non-)British, current/dated, (non-)academic etc. In terms of accessibility, the material also varies from written publications to audio/visual media. Therefore, it will be vital to contextualise the literature within your practice and expand it through further personal research around anti-racist material that can inform it accordingly. The starting point would be to challenge our own thinking on race – and therefore be able to challenge our own practices.
• EDDO-LODGE, R. (2017) Why I am no longer talking to white people about race, Bloomsbury: London
This Sunday Times Bestseller is an excellent starting point towards understanding race relations in Britain. This is a link to a Guardian article about the author’s journey towards writing the book, a short Interview clip and the “About Race” Podcast – a follow up series to the book.
• DiANGELO, R. (2018). White Fragility – Why it’s so hard for White people to talk about racism. Penguin Random House, UK/US
This international best seller is a quick read by Prof Dr Robin DiAngelo, a White US academic. Here she reads from her book at University of Washington. Further, these are useful short clips where she deconstructs White Privilege, expands on “Why “I’m not racist” is only half of the story”, “Being nice is not going to end racism” and “Debunking the most common myths”.
• TAYLOR, E. GILLBORN, D. and LADSON-BILLINGS, G. (2016). Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education. New York. Routledge
This academic publication is an essential collection of global work around CRT, Whiteness, race and education by US CRT scholars in the field.
• CABRERA, N. L., FRANKLIN, J. D. & WATSON, J. S. (2016) Whiteness in Higher Education: The Invisible Missing Link in Diversity and Racial Analyses. ASHE Higher Education Report, 42 (6), p. 7 – 125. Retrieved from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.lcproxy. shu.ac.uk/doi/10.1002/aehe.20116/epdf
This report is a collection of a range of academic research usefully situating the concept of Whiteness and race within academia.
• OWUSU, M. (2017) Decolonising the Curriculum [TedxTalk].
In this TedTalk, Melz Owusu who is a researcher and an Education activist elaborates on the process of decolonising the curriculum.
Understanding race and equity in education – Critical reading
• LADSON-BILLINGS (1998). Just what is critical race theory and what’s it doing in a nice field like education?, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 11:1, 7-24, DOI: 10.1080/095183998236863
This peer-reviewed article elaborates on the initial application of Critical Race Theory (CRT) to the field of education and how it poses a useful tool towards ‘unpacking’ race relations in education.
•KNOWLES, G. and LANDER, V. (2011), Diversity, Equality and Achievement in Education, London: Sage
This is a concise collection of main themes around equity issues positioned within education.
• CHAKRABARTY, N., ROBERTS L. & PRESTON, J. (2014). Critical Race Theory in England London and New York. Routledge
This is a collection of a range of academic articles on the American concept of CRT situated in Britain touching on various sub-themes within the field.
• ROLLOCK, N., GIILLBORN, D. VINCENT, C. and BALL, S. J. (2012). The Colour of Class: the educational strategies of the black middle classes . London: Routledge.
This is an in-depth analysis of intersections of race and class and how such jointly shape experiences of Black students, who may be impacted by low educational attainment.
• WILD, M., & STREET, A. (2013). Themes and debates in early childhood. Los Angeles: Learning Matters
This piece is an essential collection of essays on current debates in the field of Education, Early Years and Childhood Studies. Chapter one ‘Equality and difference in the Early Years’ is a particularly useful introduction into equity issues within this context.
• Hooks, B. (1994). Teaching to transgress: Education as the practice of freedom. New York: Routledge.
• Hooks, B. (2003). Teaching community: A pedagogy of hope. Florence, USA: Taylor and Francis.
These pieces by CRT scholar and activist bell hooks are an essential read for educationalists who endeavour working towards racial equity in education. Though these pieces tend to be well-known, they have repeatedly been used tokenisticly in reading lists to ‘diversify curricula’. Hence they ought to be critically contextualised into disciplines that they may inform.
Understanding race and equity in education – Classroom practice
• LYISCOTT, J. (2019) Black Appetite. White Food: Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom. Routledge: London
This book invites educators to explore White Privilege within and beyond classrooms and provides practical “ideas and tools that teachers, school leaders, and professors can use for awareness, inspiration, and action around racial injustice and inequity.”
• KAFELE, B. K. (2008). Closing the attitude gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success. ASCD: USA According to ASCD, “this inspiring and thought-provoking follow-up to his 2009 best-seller Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life, Baruti Kafele makes the case that the “attitude gap” that often affects underperforming students can only be closed if educators first help students develop the will to strive for excellence.”
• GILLBORN, D. (2006). Critical Race Theory and Education: Racism and antiracism in educational theory and praxis, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, 27:1, 11-32, DOI: 10.1080/01596300500510229
• PETERS, M. A. (2015) Why is My Curriculum White?, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47 (7), p. 641 – 646, DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2015.1037227
•VAUGHT, S. E. and CASTAGNO, A. E. (2008) “I don’t think I’m a racist”: Critical Race Theory, teacher attitudes, and structural racism, Race Ethnicity and Education, 11:2, 95-113, DOI: 10.1080/13613320802110217
These peer-reviewed articles view (a few) different perspectives on classroom practice in relation to Whiteness, Critical Race Theory and race.
Understanding the lived experience of people of colour
• ADICHIE, C. N. (2009). The danger of a single story [TedTalk]
When finding her ‘authentic cultural voice’, novelist Chimamanda Adichie warns that a ‘single story’ about a person or country may risk a critical misunderstanding.
• HIRSCH, A. (2018). Brit(ish) – on Race identity and Belonging, Penguin Random House: London
The Guardian describes this Sunday Times Bestseller by writer, broadcaster and journalist Afua Hirsch as a “powerful hybrid of memoir, reportage and commentary [that] considers so-called racial blindness, the draw of Africa and life as a black woman in Britain”.
• KHAN, M. (2019). It’s not about the Burqa. Picador: London.
This is a collection of essays on lived experiences of Muslim women in the West elaborating on themes of faith, feminism, sexuality and race.
• SHUKLA, N. (2016). The Good Immigrant. Unbound: London
This collection of 21 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic voices emerging in Britain explores “what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that doesn’t seem to want you, doesn’t truly accept you – however many generations you’ve been here – but still needs you for its diversity monitoring forms.”
• UNFILTERED WITH JAMES O’BRIEN (2018). Akala deconstructs race, class, and Britain’s modern myths
This is a discussion/conversation with British rapper, journalist author, activist and public intellectual Akala by James O’Brien on his show ‘Unfiltered’.