Integrative Antiracism: South Asians in Canadian Academe

By Edith Samuel

© 2006

From both a theoretical and practical standpoint, racism is one of the most important topics that has engaged the attention of social scientists in North America in recent years. As societies become more ethnically diverse, people from different cultures are increasingly coming into contact with each other, resulting in ever greater opportunities for racism to manifest itself.

In this work, Edith Samuel examines the educational experiences of South Asian students and faculty members from the perspective of 'integrative antiracism' - the study of how the dynamics of social difference are mediated in people's daily lives. Specifically, she analyses perceptions of and responses to racism in four critical areas: faculty-student relationships, peer group interactions, curriculum, and the psychosocial dimension.

Antiracism scholars maintain that racism is widespread on Canadian university campuses. Drawing on the available literature and extensive interviews with students and faculty, Samuel looks at both overt and covert forms of racism, as well as structural racism, that results in discrimination in admissions and employment. She also looks at race, class, gender, history, and culture and how these interlocking systems produce unique experiences of racism for South Asians in academe. Through the exploration of the intricate patterns of South Asians' assimilation into university life, Integrative Antiracism identifies the numerous barriers racial minorities encounter and suggests a variety of approaches to fostering a more equitable education system.

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Through the exploration of the intricate patterns of South Asians' assimilation into university life, Integrative Antiracism identifies the numerous barriers racial minorities encounter and suggests a variety of approaches to fostering a more equitable education system.

Integrative Antiracism: South Asians in Canadian Academe

By Edith Samuel

© 2006

From both a theoretical and practical standpoint, racism is one of the most important topics that has engaged the attention of social scientists in North America in recent years. As societies become more ethnically diverse, people from different cultures are increasingly coming into contact with each other, resulting in ever greater opportunities for racism to manifest itself.

In this work, Edith Samuel examines the educational experiences of South Asian students and faculty members from the perspective of 'integrative antiracism' - the study of how the dynamics of social difference are mediated in people's daily lives. Specifically, she analyses perceptions of and responses to racism in four critical areas: faculty-student relationships, peer group interactions, curriculum, and the psychosocial dimension.

Antiracism scholars maintain that racism is widespread on Canadian university campuses. Drawing on the available literature and extensive interviews with students and faculty, Samuel looks at both overt and covert forms of racism, as well as structural racism, that results in discrimination in admissions and employment. She also looks at race, class, gender, history, and culture and how these interlocking systems produce unique experiences of racism for South Asians in academe. Through the exploration of the intricate patterns of South Asians' assimilation into university life, Integrative Antiracism identifies the numerous barriers racial minorities encounter and suggests a variety of approaches to fostering a more equitable education system.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
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    Integrative Antiracism is an original, lucid study of South Asian experiences of racism that makes an important contribution to the knowledge base on race and higher education. Samuels places a complex, relational theorization of racism and antiracist praxis in the context of histories and legacies of immigration, gender, and class in Canadian academe, arguing persuasively for ‘integrative antiracism’ as a compelling analytic and pedagogic framework. This book is an engaging and useful analysis for scholars, educators, and activists interested in the increasingly intricate landscape of racial identity and social justice in higher education.


    Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Professor of Women's Studies and Dean's Professor of the Humanities, Syracuse University

    ‘This book is well organized, succinct, and compelling. The scholarly content, which is relevant and timely, makes a significant contribution to the growing scholarship on race and higher education, and offers information on a topic that is rarely analysed in the academic literature.’


    Jennifer Simpson, Department of Communication, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne

  • Author Information

    Edith Samuel is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Atlantic Baptist University.

  • Table of contents

    Foreword by George Dei

    Acknowledgments

    1. Introduction
    2. Theory and Method: Antiracism, Racism, and Ethnographic Interviews
    3. Adjusting to Canada
    4. Faculty–Student Relationships
    5. Peer Group Interaction
    6. Curriculum and Minority Faculty Members
    7. The Psychosocial Dimension
    8. Challenges and Conclusion

    Notes

    Bibliography

    Author Index

    Subject Index

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