1st Edition

The Edge of Race Critical examinations of education and race/racism

Edited By Kalervo N. Gulson, Zeus Leonardo, David Gillborn Copyright 2016
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    The phrase ‘the edge of race’ can be used both as a description and as a response to two key concerns. The first of these is that while race is increasingly on the periphery of education policy – with a growing disregard shown for racist inequities, as education systems become dominated by market-driven concerns – it is important that we map the shifting relations of race in neoliberal politics and policies. The second concern is that at this time, within and outside the spaces of the academy, even to mention race equity is to risk condemnation, marginalization, and ridicule.

    The authors in this collection use ‘the edge of race’ as a provocation in order to examine the concepts, methodologies, policies, politics, processes, and practices associated with race and racism in education. The chapters offer empirical examples of the perpetuation and perniciousness of racism that point to the continued salience of research about race. Additionally, the chapters make contributions to conceptual and methodological understandings of race and racism. The contributors illustrate the contingency, productivity, and fragility of race as a concept, and point to how educational research continues to be a contested site in, and from which to study, race and education. This book was originally published as a special issue of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.

    Introduction – The edge of race: critical examinations of education and race/racism Kalervo N. Gulson, Zeus Leonardo and David Gillborn

    1. Interest-divergence and the colour of cutbacks: race, recession and the undeclared war on Black children David Gillborn

    2. A political investment: revisiting race and racism in the research process Nicola Rollock

    3. Race talk and school equity in local print media: the discursive flexibility of whiteness and the promise of race-conscious talk Sofia A. Villenas and Sophia L. Angeles

    4. ‘Waiting for Superman’ to save black people: racial representation and the official antiracism of neoliberal school reform Michael J. Dumas

    5. From model minorities to disposable models: the de-legitimisation of educational success through discourses of authenticity Alice Bradbury

    6. 14 souls, 19 days and 1600 dreams: engaging critical race praxis while living on the ‘edge’ of race David Stovall

    7. ‘Too Asian?’ On racism, paradox and ethno-nationalism Roland Sintos Coloma

    8. The story of schooling: critical race theory and the educational racial contract Zeus Leonardo

    9. You can’t erase race! Using CRT to explain the presence of race and racism in majority white suburban schools Thandeka K. Chapman

    10. ‘We had to hide we’re Muslim’: ambient fear, Islamic schools and the geographies of race and religion Kalervo N. Gulson and P. Taylor Webb


    Kalervo N. Gulson is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His research contributes to, and draws upon, education policy studies, sociology of education, race/ ethnicity, and social and cultural geography. His current research focuses on the relationship between education policy and calculative spaces, and what kind of life is possible within and through these calculative spaces. His recent publications include Education policy, space and the city: markets and the (in)visibility of race (2011), and Policy, geophilosophy, education (with T. Webb, 2015).

    Zeus Leonardo is Professor of Education, and Affiliated Faculty of the Critical Theory Designated Emphasis at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. He has published several dozen articles and book chapters on critical educational theory. His articles have appeared in Educational Researcher, Race Ethnicity & Education, and Teachers College Record. His recent books include Race Frameworks (2013), Education and Racism (with W. Norton Grubb, 2013), and Handbook of Cultural Politics and Education (ed. 2010).

    David Gillborn is Professor of Critical Race Studies, and Director of the Centre for Research in Race & Education at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is founding editor of the journal Race Ethnicity and Education. He is twice winner of the ‘Book of the Year’ award by the Society for Educational Studies, most recently for Racism and Education: coincidence or conspiracy (2008). He received the Derrick Bell Legacy Award from the Critical Race Studies in Education Association, for demonstrating ‘personal courage and professional commitment to supporting and advocating race equality in education’, and was recently named to the Laureate Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi international honour society.