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‘Whiteness is an immoral choice’: the idea of the University at the intersection of crises

Hall, Richard; Gill, Rajvir; Gamsu, Sol

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Richard Hall

Rajvir Gill



Abstract

Universities in the global North are shaped against intersecting crises, including those of political economy, environment and, more recently, epidemiology. The lived experiences of these crises have renewed struggles against exploitation, expropriation and extraction, including Black Lives Matter, and for decolonising the University. In and through the University, such struggles are brought into relation with the structures, cultures and practices of power and privilege. These modes of privilege are imminent to the reproduction of whiteness, white fragility and privilege, double and false consciousness, and behavioural code switching. In particular, whiteness has historical and material legitimacy, reinforced through policy and regulation, and in English HE this tends, increasingly, to reframe struggle in relation to culture wars. This article argues that the dominant articulation of the University, conditioned by economic value rather than humane values, has been reinforced and amplified during the Covid-19 pandemic. The argument pivots around the UK Government policy and guidelines, in order to highlight the processes by which intellectual work and the reproduction of higher education institutions connect value production and modes of settler-colonial and racial-patriarchal control.

Citation

Hall, R., Gill, R., & Gamsu, S. (2022). ‘Whiteness is an immoral choice’: the idea of the University at the intersection of crises. Higher Education, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-022-00855-3

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 6, 2022
Online Publication Date Apr 20, 2022
Publication Date Apr 20, 2022
Deposit Date Apr 25, 2022
Publicly Available Date Apr 20, 2023
Journal Higher Education
Print ISSN 0018-1560
Electronic ISSN 1573-174X
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-022-00855-3
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1207718

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