The presence and experiences of Black people at elite universities have been largely underrepresented and erased from institutional histories. This book engages with a collection of these experiences that span half a century and reflect differences in class, gender, and national identifications among Black scholars. By mapping Black people’s experiences of studying and teaching at McGill University, this book reveals how the "whiteness" of the university both includes and exceeds the racial identities of students and professors. It highlights the specific functions of Blackness and of anti-Blackness within society in general and within the institution of higher education in particular, demonstrating how structures and practices of the university reproduce interlocking systems of oppression that uphold racial capitalism, reproduce colonial relations, and promote settler nationalism. Critically engaging the work of Black learners, academics, organizers, and activists within this dynamic political context, this book underscores the importance of Black Studies across North America.
“Connecting freighted colonial legacies in Montreal with a long history of the university as a site of struggle, Black Racialization and Resistance at an Elite University uses an astonishing breadth of texts across fields including critical postcolonial studies, race studies, history, sociology, Scottish studies, and studies in education.” - Barrington Walker, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University
“Black Racialization and Resistance at an Elite University presents an innovative and highly insightful study of how processes of racialization are infused with racial microaggressions to ‘produce’ Blackness within the Canadian university. By showing how both the commonality and the diversity within Black experiences are given shape in the ‘bubble of whiteness’ that is McGill, rosalind hampton demonstrates how self-serving is the claim of Canadian universities that ‘diversity’ is a recent phenomenon that the institution is only now learning how to negotiate.” - Sunera Thobani, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
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