This blog post is widely considered to be one of the foundational texts on citation politics. Ahmed discusses how the citational structures that form some disciplines exclude the work of certain bodies whilst privileging others.
Ray argues that while racially biased citation patterns may be unintentional, the practice of framing new works in relation to canonical works can perpetuate inequality. Ray encourages scholars to proactively cite relevant research from underrepresented academics in their field.
This interview focuses on the experiences of two Indigenous scholars: Kyle Powys Whyte, a professor at Michigan State University, and Sarah Hunt, an assistant professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies at University of British Columbia. Powys Whyte and Hunt draw attention to biases in the peer review process and citation patterns, which have implications for research grants, career progression and succeeding in academia.
Mott, C., & Cockayne, D. (2017). Citation matters: mobilizing the politics of citation toward a practice of ‘conscientious engagement’. Gender, Place & Culture, 24(7), 954-973. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2017.1339022
Mott and Cockayne argue for the importance of being mindful of the impact of citation.
Delgado, R. (1984). The imperial scholar: Reflections on a review of civil rights literature. University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 132.https://scholarship.law.ua.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1210&context=fac_working_papers
This seminal article is illustrative of the effects of biased citation practices. In the field of Civil Rights law scholarship, Delgado highlights that the dominance of literature produced by a small group of white scholars and the resulting exclusion of the work of minority scholars, lead to knowledge production about race, racism and American Law that was "blunted, skewed and riddled with omissions".
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The research of Mason and Merga highlights the "persistent western hegemony" in published work within their own field of higher education and the problematic nature of citation based metrics in connection to privileging research from anglophone countries.
Their blog post suggests practical ways that researchers can draw on relevant scholarship from less cited nations and academics to promote greater diversity in published research:
"Bibliometric studies in various fields have shown that the ‘top’ journals are heavily dominated by research produced in and about a small number of ‘core’ countries, mostly the USA and the UK, and thus reproduce existing global power imbalances within and beyond academia.”
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