Handbook of Race and Refusal in Higher Education

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Handbook of Race and Refusal in Higher Education

Like a Path in Tall Grasses

9781800377868 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Kenjus Watson, School of Education, American University in Washington D.C, Nora Cisneros, Department of Ethnic Studies, California State University, Bakersfield, Lindsay Pérez Huber, College of Education, California State University, Long Beach, and Verónica Vélez, Woodring Collective of Education, Western Washington University, US
Publication Date: May 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80037 786 8 Extent: c 380 pp
This cutting-edge Handbook goes beyond discourses of equity, inclusion, and diversity, carving a space for critical discussions about the relationships between Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and the university. In doing so, it forges new paths and alternative conceptual starting points to consider in making a commitment to social justice in higher education.

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This cutting-edge Handbook goes beyond discourses of equity, inclusion, and diversity, carving a space for critical discussions about the relationships between Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and the university. In doing so, it forges new paths and alternative conceptual starting points to consider in making a commitment to social justice in higher education.

Kenjus Watson, Nora Cisneros, Lindsay Pérez Huber, and Verónica Vélez bring together a dynamic collective of scholars, educators, students, community members, and activists to ask the critical question: how do we work towards justice through a lens of refusal in higher education? The Handbook presents both traditional and non-traditional scholarship, including creative and artistic work, to explore the distinctive ways white supremacy, settler colonialism, and antiblackness impact students, faculty, and communities within HE, with chapters providing insight into everyday strategies of refusal, radical imaginaries of abolitions and futurities, and projects of decolonization. Taking stock of the tensions and contradictions in ‘undoing’ the university while occupying positions within it, the Handbook concludes that the study of education cannot be divorced from the sociohistorical, political, and economic architectures that have shaped it.

This path-breaking Handbook will be a crucial resource for BIPOC students, scholars, and faculty within HE institutions, as well as students of the sociology of education, the sociology of discrimination, education policy, and race, ethnicity, and colonial studies.

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Contents:

Foreword: the before, beyond, and elsewhere of refusal xv
Sandy Grande
Artist’s statement xix
Marion Parajes
Like a path in tall grasses: introducing the Handbook of Race and
Refusal in Higher Education xx
Race and Refusal Collective: Nora Cisneros, Lindsay Pérez Huber, Verónica
Vélez, and Kenjus Watson

PART I REFUSAL ALONG THE PATH
Introduction to Part I 2
Race and Refusal Collective
1 Freedom dreaming: visions of refusal and collectivity from the
past, present, and future 5
Tanya J. Gaxiola Serrano, Socorro Morales and Alma Itzé Flores
2 My journey in the tall grass of resistance and refusal: from
race, ethnic, and gender studies to Freirean critical pedagogy
to critical race theory to the RAC 25
Daniel G. Solorzano
3 Disrupting the novice/master dichotomy as refusal: a critical
race counterstory about mentoring 41
Michael W. Moses II
4 Letters to our children: mothering in the academy and a global
pandemic 57
Alma Itzé Flores and Mercedes Valadez
5 The spectacle of chicanx system-impacted youth: my path
towards refusal 78
María C. Malagón
6 The political economy of military recruitment and education
privatisation 91
Nina Monet Reynoso

PART II ABOLITION AND FUGITIVITY: INVESTMENTS
IN THE ‘NOT YET’
Introduction to Part II 104
Race and Refusal Collective
7 the canary 109
Alexander Morrison Henry (henry poetry)
8 Abolition, BlackCrit and the perpetual necessity of refusal in
education: a necessary path forward 117
David Stovall
9 The Black smugglers of higher education: how Black students,
scholars, and faculty members disrupt schooling institutions to
educate Black youth 126
Earl J. Edwards and Elianny C. Edwards
10 Black feminist otherwise: within and against the university 140
Mary Senyonga
11 Lessons learned: Black student leadership and the progressive
university 156
J.P. Lesure
12 No university at the end of the world: notes towards an
abolitionist university 171
Gene McAdoo
13 Embracing revolt & exile: a conversation on the perpetual
refusal of the academy 183
edxi, (J)une Bee and Estelle Ellison

PART III DECOLONISATION AND FUTURITIES
Introduction to Part III 207
Race and Refusal Collective
14 A shattered Coyolxauhqui writes her heart whole: on refusing
colonisation and fragmentation in creative writing 210
Elizabeth Parker Garcia
15 Decolonising higher education (we) through a collaborative
(us) program-wide approach 224
Robin Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn, Christopher Bodenheimer Knaus,
and Mandou Billye Sankofa Water
16 From compliance culture to liberatory access: reimagining
disabled & deaf futurities on college campuses and beyond 237
Anna Acha and Danielle Mireles
17 Recipe for ritual 265
Andii H.
18 Creating a pedagogy of Afro-Indigenous epistemic
disobedience: notes on reimaging care and healing in education 267
Cindy Bonaparte
19 dancing in the wake | like moss over modernity 277
simple ant
20 Drawing from the Well: ‘I never remember hearing that
healing was going to feel good.’ 293
Tiffani Marie, Jewell Bachelor, and Kenjus Watson
21 Where might we go from here? An inconclusive conclusion to
the Handbook of Race and Refusal in Higher Education 317
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