In defence of amateurism: on not professionalizing ethnic and racial studies

Gargi Bhattacharyya

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This piece suggests that the field of ethnic and racial studies is too diverse in theoretical and methodological approach and subject of study to constitute its own discipline. Instead, ethnic and racial studies remains a loosely defined space of interdisciplinary exchange. There is a sense of community among researchers in this field, but teaching continues to be organized to meet the imperatives of different home disciplines. This article argues that in these times of increasing bureaucracy, standardization and managerial intrusion into academic life, there is a positive benefit in retaining a relatively open space of inquiry where we can consider the construction of contemporary social boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-527
Number of pages5
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2003


  • ethnicity
  • teaching
  • professionalization
  • interdisciplinary space


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