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Critical and Cultural Studies | Higher Education | Inequality and Stratification | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies


Racial violence in the academy is enacted upon faculty of color, particularly women, in multiple disciplines. This essay attempts to both expose and suggest that everyday systemic racism has become a pervasive and normalizing feature within disciplines that continue to privilege white and Eurocentric forms of knowledge-making while devaluing others. Furthermore, attempts to challenge such supremacies are immediately countered by calls and charges of incivility. This is an essay about the costs of unmasking norms of civility as it bears upon constructions of both whiteness and meritocracy.

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Published as Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Vol. 8, Number 4, pp. 82-88. ISSN 2333-9489, electronic ISSN 2333-9497. © 2019 by the Regents of the University of California.

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Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt
In the name of merit: Racial violence in the academy.
Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, volume 8, number 4, pages 82-88



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