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“Merit”, “Success” and the Epistemic Logics of Whiteness in Racialised Education Systems

Keval, Harshad



Dave S.P. Thomas

Jason Arday


Keval explores the shifting landscape of what ‘success’ comes to mean within the field of ‘mertitocracy’ in educational systems. Focusing on the epistemic, racialised and colonial constructions of knowledge and the hierarchical legitimacies afforded to particular types of racial bodies within these systems, Keval uses the notion of a ‘racial-parallax’ and ‘Epistemologies of Ignorance’ to excavate the multiple ways in which racism, Whiteness and merit occupy central but often invisibilised positions of power. Through a decoloniality lens, the ontology of racialised being and racialised knowing also offers ways in which these embodied positionalities of alterity offer liberatory routes.

Online Publication Date Jun 19, 2021
Publication Date 2021-06
Deposit Date Feb 27, 2023
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 127-137
Series Title Palgrave Studies in Race, Inequality and Social Justice in Education
Series ISSN 2524-6348
Book Title Doing Equity and Diversity for Success in Higher Education: Redressing Structural Inequalities in the Academy
ISBN 978-3-030-65667-6
Keywords Merit, Success, Race, Decoloniality