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‘The why and the white’: Racism and curriculum reform in British Geography

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posted on 20.06.2018 by James Esson
This article intervenes in recent debates over the whiteness of the higher education geography curriculum. Focusing on UK based universities, I examine the why and the white in the question ‘why is our geography curriculum so white’? It is argued that the answer is coloniality induced institutional racism. I propose that engaging with insights from critical race theory, social justice and decolonial scholarship could help British geography to more effectively challenge racism, and other forms of dehumanisation, in our institutional arrangements and teaching practices.

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  • Social Sciences

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  • Geography and Environment

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Area

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ESSON, J., 2018. ‘The why and the white’: Racism and curriculum reform in British Geography. Area, doi:10.1111/area.12475.

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© Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). Published by Wiley

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: ESSON, J., 2018. ‘The why and the white’: Racism and curriculum reform in British Geography. Area, doi:10.1111/area.12475, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12475. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

Acceptance date

07/06/2018

Publication date

2018-08-08

ISSN

0004-0894

eISSN

1475-4762

Language

en

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