ERIC Number: EJ1172371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Is There Such a Thing as 'White Ignorance' in British Education?
Ethics and Education, v13 n1 p4-21 2018
I argue that political philosopher Charles W. Mills' twin concepts of 'the epistemology of ignorance' and 'white ignorance' are useful tools for thinking through racial injustice in the British education system. While anti-racist work in British education has a long history, racism persists in British primary, secondary and tertiary education. For Mills, the production and reproduction of racism relies crucially on cognitive and epistemological processes that produce ignorance, and which promote various ways of ignoring the histories and legacies of European colonialism and imperialism, as well as the testimonies and scholarship of those who experience racism in their everyday lives. I survey these concepts within Mills' work then marshal evidence in support of my claim that 'the epistemology of ignorance' and 'white ignorance' provide a useful framework for thinking through problems of racial injustice in British education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Racial Bias, Epistemology, Whites, Knowledge Level, Social Justice, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Politics of Education, Ideology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom