The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities

June 1, 2017|
The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities by Frances Henry
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The university is often regarded as a bastion of liberal democracy where equity and diversity are promoted and racism doesn’t exist. In reality, the university still excludes many people and is a site of racialization that is subtle, complex, and sophisticated. While some studies do point to the persistence of systemic barriers to equity in higher education, in-depth analyses of racism, racialization, and Indigeneity in the academy are more notable for excluding racialized and Indigenous professors.

This book is the first comprehensive, data-based study of racialized and Indigenous faculty members’ experiences in Canadian universities. Challenging the myth of equity in higher education, it brings together leading scholars who scrutinize what universities have done and question the effectiveness of their equity programs. They draw on a rich body of survey data, interviews, and analysis of universities’ stated policies to examine the experiences of racialized faculty members across Canada who – despite diversity initiatives in their respective institutions – have yet to see meaningful changes in everyday working conditions. They also make important recommendations as to how universities can address racialization and fulfill the promise of equity in higher education.

Frances Henry, FRSC, is a professor emerita of anthropology at York University.Enakshi Dua is the director of the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. Carl E. James, FRSC, teaches in the Faculty of Education and in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. Audrey Kobayashi, FRSC, is a...
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Title:The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:392 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:392 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Published:June 1, 2017
Publisher:Ubc Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780774834896

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