Black Racialization and Resistance at an Elite University

By rosalind hampton

© 2020

The presence and experiences of Black people at elite universities have been largely underrepresented and erased from institutional histories. This book engages with a collection of these experiences that span half a century and reflect differences in class, gender, and national identifications among Black scholars. By mapping Black people’s experiences of studying and teaching at McGill University, this book reveals how the "whiteness" of the university both includes and exceeds the racial identities of students and professors. It highlights the specific functions of Blackness and of anti-Blackness within society in general and within the institution of higher education in particular, demonstrating how structures and practices of the university reproduce interlocking systems of oppression that uphold racial capitalism, reproduce colonial relations, and promote settler nationalism. Critically engaging the work of Black learners, academics, organizers, and activists within this dynamic political context, this book underscores the importance of Black Studies across North America.

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A historical narrative and critical analysis of higher education centred on the experiences of Black students and faculty at McGill University.

Black Racialization and Resistance at an Elite University

By rosalind hampton

© 2020

The presence and experiences of Black people at elite universities have been largely underrepresented and erased from institutional histories. This book engages with a collection of these experiences that span half a century and reflect differences in class, gender, and national identifications among Black scholars. By mapping Black people’s experiences of studying and teaching at McGill University, this book reveals how the "whiteness" of the university both includes and exceeds the racial identities of students and professors. It highlights the specific functions of Blackness and of anti-Blackness within society in general and within the institution of higher education in particular, demonstrating how structures and practices of the university reproduce interlocking systems of oppression that uphold racial capitalism, reproduce colonial relations, and promote settler nationalism. Critically engaging the work of Black learners, academics, organizers, and activists within this dynamic political context, this book underscores the importance of Black Studies across North America.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Illustrations: 1
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “Connecting freighted colonial legacies in Montreal with a long history of the university as a site of struggle, Black Racialization and Resistance at an Elite University uses an astonishing breadth of texts across fields including critical postcolonial studies, race studies, history, sociology, Scottish studies, and studies in education.”
    Barrington Walker, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University

    “Black Racialization and Resistance at an Elite University presents an innovative and highly insightful study of how processes of racialization are infused with racial microaggressions to ‘produce’ Blackness within the Canadian university. By showing how both the commonality and the diversity within Black experiences are given shape in the ‘bubble of whiteness’ that is McGill, rosalind hampton demonstrates how self-serving is the claim of Canadian universities that ‘diversity’ is a recent phenomenon that the institution is only now learning how to negotiate.”
    Sunera Thobani, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
  • Author Information

    rosalind hampton is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements

    Prelude
    Finding a conversation
    "Becoming" an activist

    1. Introduction: The University as a Site of Struggle
    Settler Colonialism and Education: A Brief Overview
    The Canadian University
        Whose University? The 1960s
        Black Educational Activism and Black (Canadian) Studies
    Neoliberalism and the University
    On Critical Race Counter-Storytelling

    2. Colonial Legacies and Canadian Ivy
    Meeting James McGill
        Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Economy
        The University and its Sponsors
    McGill Lineage

    3. Trying to Keep Canada White and the Power to Write History
    McGill and the Modernization of Qu├ębec
    Anticolonial Resistance and Black Power
    Toward a New Millennium
    Conclusion: On a Critical Engagement with History

    4. The Idealized Elite University
    Class and Class-Minded-ness
    "The McGill Bubble": A "Sea of Whiteness"
        White Hallways by Cora-Lee Conway
    The professoriate
        On Mentorship and Academic "Expertise"
        The Power of the Prof
    Conclusion: Expectations Meet Experience

    5. Being and Becoming Black
    A Word on Whiteness
    Socialization in a Culture of Whiteness
        "I didn’t know I was Black"
        Black Canadian "identity problems"
    Managing Interlocking Stereotype Threats
    Construction Work
    Black as in Radical, Radical as in Rooted
        Community and Communing
    Conclusion: Navigating and Resisting Racialization and Colonial Ideology

    6. Serving Up Resistance
    "Diversity & equity" work
    Hiring committees
    The Africana Studies Committee
    Mapping Power and Informed Decision Making

    Conclusion

    Bibliography

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