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The Equity Myth
Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities
Frances Henry   Enakshi Dua   Carl E. James   Audrey Kobayashi   Peter Li   Howard Ramos   Malinda S. Smith  

$75.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 6/1/2017
ISBN: 9780774834889    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 6/1/2017
ISBN: 9780774834896    

336 Pages


About the Book

The university is often regarded as a bastion of liberal democracy where equity and diversity are promoted and racism doesn’t exist. In reality, the university still excludes many people and is a site of racialization that is subtle, complex, and sophisticated. While some studies do point to the persistence of systemic barriers to equity and diversity in higher education, in-depth analyses of racism, racialization, and Indigeneity in the academy are more notable for their absence. The Equity Myth is the first comprehensive, data-based study of racialized and Indigenous faculty members’ experiences in Canadian universities.

Challenging the myth of equity in higher education, this book brings together leading scholars who scrutinize what universities have done and question the effectiveness of their equity programs. The authors draw on a rich body of survey data and interviews to examine the experiences of racialized faculty members across Canada who -- despite diversity initiatives in their respective institutions -- have yet to see changes in everyday working conditions. They also make important recommendations as to how universities can address racialization and fulfill the promise of equity in higher education.

A landmark study on racism in Canadian universities, The Equity Myth shows how the goal of achieving equity in higher education has been consistently promised, but never realized for racialized and Indigenous faculty members. It further reveals that the policies and diversity initiatives undertaken so far have only served to deflect criticism of a system that is doing little to change itself.

About the Author(s)

Frances Henry, FRSC, is a professor emerita of anthropology at York University.

Enakshi Dua is the director of the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University.

Carl E. James, FRSC, teaches in the Faculty of Education and in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University.

Audrey Kobayashi, FRSC, is a professor of geography at Queen’s University, Kingston.

Peter Li, FRSC, is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Saskatchewan.

Howard Ramos is the associate dean of research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and a professor of sociology at Dalhousie University.

Malinda S. Smith is a professor of political science at the University of Alberta.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

1 Introduction: Setting the Context
2 Representational Analysis: Comparing Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia
3 Differences in Representation and Employment Income of Racialized University Professors in Canada
4 Academic Production, Reward, and Perceptions of Racialized Faculty Members
5 "Would Never Be Hired These Days": The Precarious Work Situation of Racialized and Indigenous Faculty Members
6 The Everyday World of Racialized and Indigenous Faculty Members in Canadian Universities
7 "You Know Why You Were Hired, Don’t You?" Expectations and Challenges in University Appointments
8 Shifting Terrains: A Picture of the Institutionalization of Equity in Canadian Universities
9 Mechanisms to Address Inequities in Canadian Universities: The Performativity of Ineffectiveness
10 Disciplinary Silences: Race, Indigeneity, and Gender in the Social Sciences
11 A Dirty Dozen: Unconscious Race and Gender Biases in the Academy
12 Conclusion: Challenging the Myth

Appendix: List of Canadian Universities Reviewed
Notes; References; Index


This compelling and important text is the first of its kind in Canada. It provides rigorous and informative investigations of the status, representation, and everyday lived experiences of racialized and Indigenous scholars in English-speaking Canadian universities ... I recommend this book not only for scholars but also for administrators serious about equity and institutional change.
- Annette Henry, David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education and Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education and the Social Justice Institute, University of British Columbia

The Equity Myth will be an eye-opener for those who have not given much thought to the dynamics of racism, race, and racialization in a systemically white ivory tower.
- Augie Fleras, professor, Department of Sociology, University of Waterloo, and author of Unequal Relations: A Critical Introduction to the Politics of Race, Ethnic, and Aboriginal Dynamics in Canada

The Equity Myth will make a lasting contribution as a benchmark study in its field. It is one of the most comprehensive and thorough assessments of racism in university settings to date and is of international significance.
- Ian Law, Professor, Racism and Ethnicity Studies, University of Leeds, and co-editor of Institutional Racism in Higher Education

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