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Challenging Racism in Higher Education, Promoting Justice

reviewed by Ian Law - January 30, 2006

coverTitle: Challenging Racism in Higher Education, Promoting Justice
Author(s): Mark Chesler, Amanda Lewis, and James Crowfoot
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742524566, Pages: 333, Year: 2005
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The pervasive durability of racism in the operation of higher education institutions is a key feature of contemporary societies. This highly competent text provides a detailed forensic examination of the development of racism in American colleges and universities, drawing on original research with students and faculty at the University of Michigan. It also provides a carefully elaborated framework for challenging the process of racialization and intervening in institutional contexts. This is an excellent text, which is the best book in its field, asking searching questions and providing trenchant criticism. Chesler, Lewis, and Crowfoot draw on four decades of personal and professional experience as a basis for their evaluation of these issues. The writing draws from this depth of coherent reflective thinking and provides an inspiring vision of how to construct a post-racist institution and deserves to be widely read. The continuing racialization of America partly relies on the continuing racialization of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 30, 2006
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  • Ian Law
    University of Leeds
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    IAN LAW, (B.A., Ph.D., University of Liverpool), Founding Director of the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS) since 1998 and Reader in Racism and Ethnicity Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds. Key publications include The Local Politics of Race (Macmillan, 1986), Racism Ethnicity and Social Policy (Harvester, 1996), Race in the British News (Palgrave, 2002), and an edited collection Institutional Racism in Higher Education (Trentham, 2004, with Turney and Phillips). Recent research includes a HEFCE Innovations Project looking at the public policy implications of racism and ethnicity for HEIs with web-based output; Building the Anti-Racist HEI: A Toolkit, www.leeds/cers/toolkit/toolkit.htm, 2002, with L. Turney and D. Phillips). Also forthcoming (edited with S. Sayyid), Racist Futures, Special Edition, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2007.
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