Equity and How to Get It: Rescuing Graduate Studies
Edited by Kay Armatage

252 Pages
March 11, 1999
Non-Fiction Academic All Titles



Equity and How to Get It: Rescuing Graduate Studies Edited by Kay Armatage

This special collection of papers offers a variety of critiques of the current state of equity in post-secondary educational institutions, specifically at the graduate level, and challenges the patriarchal Eurocentrism of the traditional academic canon which has bee a cornerstone of equity theory. This volume is edited by Kay Armatage and contributors to the volume are: William Haver, Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré, Patricia Monture Angus, Alison Young, Erica Meiners and Jodi Jensen, Kofi Asare, Irina Zherebkina, Hildegard Maria Nickel, Warren Crichlow, Roberta Lamb, Jamie-Lynn Magnusson, Terry Provost, Kathleen Rockhill and George Dei.

Kay Armatage (Associate Professor, Cinema Studies and Women¹s Studies; Director, Graduate Collaborative Program in Women's Studies, University of Toronto). Co-Editor, Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women's Cinema (University of Toronto Press, 1991); author, Nell Shipman (in preparation). Research: women filmmakers of the silent era.

"Equity and How to Get It is timely. It challenges the rhetoric of diversity being used unashamedly by universities to sell their images and recruit students. Papers in this collection juxtapose the principles and practices of diversity, inclusivity, and equity by exposing their disjunctures and exploring spaces for actions. It is a 'must read' for those who are unaware of the changing social, political, and ideological landscapes of higher education, and those who are active participants in this changing landscape."
- Roxana Ng, Associate Professor, Sociology and Equity Studies, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

"This is a very impressive collection. The variety of perspectives and analyses take 'equity' out of the narrow confines and reveal the interlocking links that have anchored inequity so securely in all cultures. This collection presents knowledge as well as challenges to those working in this field who wish to go beyond programs, rhetoric, and theories to create systemic change. We have waited long for such a collection and we have been rewarded by its breadth, its depth, and its scope."
- Rosemary Brown, P.C., O.C., O.B.C., Feminist, Human Rights Activist, Vancouver

"This important collection of essays rethinks complacent notions of equity, graduate studies, and even the university's rescue fantasies. Readers are offered a contest of views, all of which take seriously the idea that education as institution, as knowledge, as pedagogy, as history, as social policy, as Eros, and as identity is lived as an argument. The arguments proffered encompass not just the misunderstandings between individuals, cultures, and differing conceptualizatons of what constitute 'the good univeristy.' The authors present argument itself as the grounds for thinking, learning, sociality, and resistance. Two kinds of questions structure this volume: what difference can social difference make? and, what social differences can equity make? Moving well beyond the 'special topics' approach to equity, this collection analyzes the artifacts of equity, posing equity and inequity as a problem of thought, of knowledge, and of ethicality. In doing so, we are offered provocative new conceptualizations of the working of equity in education."
- Deborah P. Britzman, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, York University, Toronto


Kay Armatage

1. Equity

Another University, Now: A Practical Proposal for a New Foundation of the University
William Haver 

Educational Equity: No Turning Back
Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré 

Linking Employment and Educational Equity
Allison Young 

Race and Equity in the Academy
George J. Sefa Dei

Symbolic Equity: Disability in Higher Education
Kathleen Rockhill 

Selected University Experiences: A Preliminary Discussion of Equity Initiatives for Aboriginal Peoples
Patricia Monture Angus 

2. Re-Loading the Canon

Making Que(e)ried Bodies? The Politics and Practices of Special Topics
Jodi Jensen and Erica Meiners 

Institutionalizing Postcolonial Studies
Kofi Asare 

Women's Studies in Post-Soviet Totalitarianism: Between Institutionalization and Realpolitics
Irina Zherebkina 

Bitter-Sweet Fruits: Professionalization of Women¹s Studies and Gender Research in the Former GDR
Hildegard Maria Nickel

3. Pedagogy

The (Un)Specified We: (Re)Creating (Di)Visions Through Words
Terry Provost

The Evaluation of University Teaching: Exploring the Question of Resistance
Jamie-Lynn Magnusson 

"I Never Really Thought About It": Master/Apprentice as Pedagogy in Music
Roberta Lamb 

Be Like Who? On Race, Role Models and Difference in Higher Education
Warren Crichlow 

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