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Do we need to resurrect the concept of institutional racism to account for the persistence of racial disadvantage in higher education?

Pilkington, A. (2017) Do we need to resurrect the concept of institutional racism to account for the persistence of racial disadvantage in higher education? Symposium presented to: Race, Ethnicity and Postgraduate Issues, Society for Research into Higher Education, London, 19 May 2017.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Symposium)
Abstract: The persistence of adverse racial outcomes in HE coupled with the failure of universities to prioritise the issue has recently led some writers such as Kehinde Andrews to call for the resurrection of the concept of institutional racism. The concept of institutional racism alerts us above all to processes in organisations which, however unintentionally, entail disadvantaging members of minority ethnic groups. Clearly there are such processes and existing race relations legislation acknowledges their existence in the act of outlawing indirect racial discrimination. The question is whether it is helpful to characterise such processes as institutional racism. There is in my view a strong case for employing a more circumscribed concept of institutional racism than Macpherson’s, restricting its use to cover situations where it can be demonstrated that a racist discourse is embodied in institutional processes. In my own research into one university, I found no clear cut evidence of a racist discourse embodied in the institutional culture or routine practices.
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of Education > LC212 Discrimination in education
Creators: Pilkington, Andrew
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Sociology & Criminology
Date: 19 May 2017
Date Type: Publication
Event Title: Race, Ethnicity and Postgraduate Issues
Event Dates: 19 May 2017
Event Location: Society for Research into Higher Education, London
Event Type: Workshop
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: No
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URI: http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/id/eprint/9551

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