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

Saini, Rima ORCID: and Begum, Neema (2020) Demarcation and definition: explicating the meaning and scope of ‘decolonisation’ in the social and political sciences. The Political Quarterly . ISSN 0032-3179 (Published online first) (doi:10.1111/1467-923X.12797)

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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.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 28691
Notes on copyright: 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, which has been published in final form at
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Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2020 11:35
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2020 05:17

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