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Who is worthy of a place on these walls? Postgraduate students, UK universities, and institutional racism

Ahmet, Akile ORCID: 0000-0003-4051-4914 (2020) Who is worthy of a place on these walls? Postgraduate students, UK universities, and institutional racism. Area. ISSN 1475-4762

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Identification Number: 10.1111/area.12627

Abstract

This commentary provides insights from a study with black and minority ethnic postgraduate students at London-based universities. The study entailed focus groups, photovoice, and in-depth interviews. Drawing on this data, and influenced by the work of Yuval-Davis, it is argued that black and minority ethnic postgraduate students often feel “out of place” in British universities because they find themselves in spaces calibrated to maintain white supremacy. I conclude that, as geographers, we are potentially ideally placed to interrogate these spaces and counteract their perpetuation of racism. We should do so as part of a sustained and critical reflection of our own disciplinary structures and praxis. Geographers might therefore help to foster a higher education landscape where black and minority ethnic postgraduate students are not only more visibly present in British universities but also feel that they belong and can flourish in them.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://rgs-ibg.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14...
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: Methodology
Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education
Date Deposited: 04 May 2020 09:15
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2020 14:48
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/104222

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