Demarcation and definition: explicating the meaning and scope of ‘decolonisation’ in the social and political sciences

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Saini, R. and Begum, N. 2020. Demarcation and definition: explicating the meaning and scope of ‘decolonisation’ in the social and political sciences. The Political Quarterly. 91 (1), pp. 217-221. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12797
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TitleDemarcation and definition: explicating the meaning and scope of ‘decolonisation’ in the social and political sciences
AuthorsSaini, R. and Begum, N.
Abstract

Decolonisation of the curriculum is a burgeoning yet controversial project of radical change, gaining slow but steady traction in higher education politics departments across the country. At its heart is the acknowledgement and systematic unravelling of colonial and imperial practices in the UK university system. This article pins down what decolonisation is and is not, highlighting the barriers and tentative opportunities to effective decolonisation work. This is discussed in the context of the structural constraints that critical scholars of race — particularly those at the intersection of marginalised racial and gender identities — work against in the academy.

Keywordsanticolonial; antiracism; diversity; decolonisation; neoliberalism
Research GroupLaw and Politics
LanguageEnglish
PublisherWiley
JournalThe Political Quarterly
ISSN0032-3179
Electronic1467-923X
Publication dates
Online01 Jan 2020
Print30 Mar 2020
Publication process dates
Deposited08 Jan 2020
Accepted18 Dec 2019
Output statusPublished
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Saini, R. and Begum, N. (2020), Demarcation and Definition: Explicating the Meaning and Scope of ‘Decolonisation’ in the Social and Political Sciences. The Political Quarterly, 91: 217-221, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12797. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.

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