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Dismantling Constructs of Whiteness in Higher Education
Narratives of Resistance from the Academy

ISBN 9780367465551
Published September 30, 2022 by Routledge
326 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers counternarratives from People of Color (POC) engaged in varied departments, faculties, and institutions in higher education to interrogate and challenge the construct of whiteness as an ideological form reproduced across campuses throughout the United States.

Documenting individuals’ lived experiences, the text uses narratives, personal stories, and autoethnographic approaches to explore how social and racial injustices manifest themselves at both a macro- and micro-level through structures and ideologies of whiteness, as well as personal and group interactions. This book, divided into four valuable parts, offers reconceptualizations of racial diversity in higher education, and further explores identity politics within the academy to ultimately posit that a varied approach is necessary to combat the equally varied ideological forms of whiteness.

This text will benefit scholars, academics, and students in the fields of higher education, race and ethnicity studies, and academic librarianship more broadly. Those involved with the multicultural education, education policy and politics, and equality and human rights in general will also benefit from this volume.

Table of Contents

Introduction: unmasking the personal, professional, and intersectional interstices of whiteness in higher education

Margie Montañez and Teresa Y. Neely

Part I: Foregrounding whiteness as a social structure in higher education

Chapter 1: Justice in action in the ivory towers: decolonial and anti-racist work inside/outside the master’s house

Eric Castillo

Chapter 2: sketching otherwise im/possibilities: meditations against and beyond the state

nicholae cline and Jorge R. López-McKnight

Chapter 3: Vital elements in the deconstruction of whiteness and eurocentrism in higher education work settings

J. E. Jamal Martin

Chapter 4: Pervasive whiteness vs. black women in academia

Sheryl Felecia Means

Chapter 5: Microaffections and microaffirmations: refusing to reproduce whiteness via microaffirmative actions

Isabel Espinal

Part II: The case of academic libraries

Chapter 6: Why are you Brown? Racial microaggressions in Canadian academic libraries

Dee Winn

Chapter 7: I don’t know if I’m surviving, but I’m still here: Reflections on 20-plus years in academic librarianship

Nikhat J. Ghouse

Chapter 8: Same scat, different century: An [unremarkable] history of inaction in US libraries and archives

Deborah R. Hollis

Part III: Erasures, absences, silences, and violence in higher education

Chapter 9: Threefer: Poetic reflections on resistance to misogynoir

Belinda Deneen Wallace

Chapter 10: Is the door half-opened or half-closed? Advancing a career after Black Culture Center work

Brandi Wells-Stone

Chapter 11: African American male faculty: A study of their experiences related to intercultural competence at predominantly white institutions

Hervey A. Taylor III

Chapter 12: The life of a Black college athlete

Keon R. Williams

Chapter 13: They took my hair—racial battle fatigue in academe: Accounts from the plantation

Evangela Q. Oates

Chapter 14: Scholar while Black: Theorizing race-gender micro/macroaggressions as covert racist actions for maintaining white domination in academia in a “Post-Racial” Society

Michael Muhammad and Nancy López

Part IV: Identity Politics

Chapter 15: Exterior college campus

Derrick Jefferson

Chapter 16: Decolonizing our hearts and our minds

Nicole A. Cooke

Chapter 17: Merit, gate keeping, and the myth of meritocracy

Stephanie Akau

Chapter 18: Home is where you are: An open letter to my academic Auntie

TeyAnjulee Leon

Chapter 19: Road trip: Heavy luggage and the doctoral HBCU experience

LaKeshia Darden

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Teresa Y. Neely is Professor of Librarianship at the University of New Mexico, USA.

Margie Montañez is Assistant Professor and Curator of Latin American collections at the University of New Mexico, USA.