A Prism of Educational Research and Policy: Anti-Racism and Multiplex Oppressions

  • George J. Sefa Dei
Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 27)


This chapter amplifies the necessity of educational research to come to understand the everyday moments of oppression by asking how we can rehumanize research and policy endeavors. Situating the discussion in the author’s experiences in collaborating to open up an African-centered school in Toronto, the chapter urges research and policy to be grounded in the communities most affected by the knowledge production of research and the decisions made in policy. In these ways, the chapter challenges the status quo foundations that support hierarchies of difference, which divide our communities and encourage asymmetrical access to power and privilege, by amplifying the counter-hegemonic possibilities of anti-racism education.


Black Youth Critical Race Theory Alternative School Academic Credibility Racial Hierarchy 
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I want to thank my coeditor Mairi McDermott for reading through and commenting on a draft of my chapter. This chapter also borrows heavily from some of my earlier writings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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