Blackness, Empire and migration: How Black Studies transforms the curriculum

Andrews, Kehinde (2019) Blackness, Empire and migration: How Black Studies transforms the curriculum. AREA. ISSN 0004-0894

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University curricula are overwhelmingly Eurocentric, providing a narrow framework of knowledge through which to view the world. Issues of race and racism when taught tend to be marginalised as something additional, extra, a disposable luxury. The key to transforming teaching is to embed race ethnicity in the core ideas, transforming some of the key concepts at the foundation of knowledge. The example that this paper will use is that of Blackness, the diasporic connection between those with roots on the African continent. Blackness remakes the way we understand the nation, troubling one of the most taken‐for‐granted notions in the academy. Through the lens of Blackness, the nation‐state becomes a social construction, largely used to mask Empire and as a tool to maintain an unjust social order. So Blackness is not an addendum, we cannot fully understand the concept of the nation‐state without engaging with the critique it presents. The challenge for the academy is not just to include concepts such as Blackness on the edges, but to accept that without engaging with them the core ideas of knowledge are incomplete.

Item Type: Article
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30 November 2018Accepted
3 February 2019Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Black studies, Blackness, curriculum, Empire, migration, nation-state
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Kehinde Andrews
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2019 10:59
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:55

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