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Critical Philosophy of Race and Education

ISBN 9780367344313
Published August 19, 2019 by Routledge
170 Pages

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Book Description

This volume by philosophers, sociologists, and historians on issues of race and racism examines central educational questions, contributing to ongoing discussions amongst educational theorists, philosophers, and practitioners.

Critical Race Theory and the Critical Philosophy of Race are now well established within North American academia – yet they are only recently beginning to make inroads in UK academia. The wide-ranging discussions in this collection explore conceptual, ethical, political, and epistemological aspects of race and racism in the context of discussions of pedagogy, curriculum, and education policy, across a range of educational settings. The questions and issues addressed include:

• why and how issues of race play out differently in different national and social contexts;

• the impact of the legacies of empire and colonialism on philosophy and education;

• the disciplinary boundaries and practices of academic philosophy;

• the philosophical canon;

• racial identities and their role in educational processes;

• diversity and difference in educational practices and curricula;

• whiteness and institutional racism; and

• the pedagogical issues raised by teaching young children about race and racism.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethics and Education.

Table of Contents


Judith Suissa and Darren Chetty

1. Is there such a thing as ‘white ignorance’ in British education?

Zara Bain

2. Knowledge and racial violence: the shine and shadow of ‘powerful knowledge’

Sophie Rudolph, Arathi Sriprakash and Jessica Gerrard

3. Racism as ‘Reasonableness’: Philosophy for Children and the Gated Community of Inquiry

Darren Chetty

4. Reconstructing a ‘Dilemma’ of racial identity education

Winston C. Thompson

5. Teacher-led codeswitching: Adorno, race, contradiction, and the nature of autonomy

Jack Bicker

6. Affect, race, and white discomfort in schooling: decolonial strategies for ‘pedagogies of discomfort’

Michalinos Zembylas

7. Race, pre-college philosophy, and the pursuit of a critical race pedagogy for higher education

Melissa Fitzpatrick and Amy Reed-Sandoval

8. On intellectual diversity and differences that may not make a difference

Kristie Dotson

9. Whiteliness and institutional racism: hiding behind (un)conscious bias

Shirley Anne Tate and Damien Page

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Judith Suissa is Professor of Philosophy of Education at UCL Institute of Education, London, UK. Her research interests are in political and moral philosophy, with a focus on anarchist theory, questions of social justice, radical and libertarian educational traditions, utopian theory, the role of the state, and the parent-child relationship. Her publications include Anarchism and Education: A Philosophical Perspective (2006) and The Claims of Parenting: Reasons, Responsibility and Society (with Stefan Ramaekers, 2012).

Darren Chetty is a Teaching Fellow at University College London, UK. He has published academic work on philosophy, education, racism, children’s literature, and hip-hop culture. He is a contributor to The Good Immigrant (edited by Nikesh Shukla, 2016) and he co-authored What Is Masculinity? Why Does It Matter? And Other Big Questions (with Jeffrey Boakye, 2019). Darren tweets @rapclassroom