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Leveraging from racism: A dual structural advantages perspective

Leveraging from racism: A dual structural advantages perspective
Leveraging from racism: A dual structural advantages perspective
Drawing on the autobiography of an immigrant Black African female scholar, we introduce and conceptualise the notion of dual structural advantages that racism potentially affords elite White male academics. These hegemonic scholars enjoy two types of possible advantage. First, as gatekeepers to a racist academic system, powerful White male scholars protect their interests by epistemically excluding the ‘Other’ from knowledge production. Second, these hegemonic agents ironically utilise racism as a hermeneutical resource for ‘impactful’ research output, grounded in progressive, anti-racist theorisations in collaboration with Black male scholars. Such work is disseminated and perpetuated through elite academic outlets, thus substantially leveraging the agents’ careers and university rankings. Foregrounding double advantages in debates on racial equality accentuates the necessity of changing the agential practices of elite White male scholars in order to transform racist institutions.
0950-0170
Muzanenhamo, Penelope
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Chowdhury, Rashedur
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Muzanenhamo, Penelope
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Chowdhury, Rashedur
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Muzanenhamo, Penelope and Chowdhury, Rashedur (2021) Leveraging from racism: A dual structural advantages perspective. Work, Employment and Society. (In Press)

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Drawing on the autobiography of an immigrant Black African female scholar, we introduce and conceptualise the notion of dual structural advantages that racism potentially affords elite White male academics. These hegemonic scholars enjoy two types of possible advantage. First, as gatekeepers to a racist academic system, powerful White male scholars protect their interests by epistemically excluding the ‘Other’ from knowledge production. Second, these hegemonic agents ironically utilise racism as a hermeneutical resource for ‘impactful’ research output, grounded in progressive, anti-racist theorisations in collaboration with Black male scholars. Such work is disseminated and perpetuated through elite academic outlets, thus substantially leveraging the agents’ careers and university rankings. Foregrounding double advantages in debates on racial equality accentuates the necessity of changing the agential practices of elite White male scholars in order to transform racist institutions.

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Accepted/In Press date: 13 August 2021

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Local EPrints ID: 450923
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/450923
ISSN: 0950-0170
PURE UUID: a36ad3d1-444e-4228-8f3f-eea17a6a40d4
ORCID for Rashedur Chowdhury: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5118-8344

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Date deposited: 23 Aug 2021 16:57
Last modified: 13 Dec 2021 03:31

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Author: Penelope Muzanenhamo

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