Against Decolonisation: Campus Culture Wars and the Decline of the West (Paperback)

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Following the killing of George Floyd in 2020, a moral panic gripped the US and UK. To atone for an alleged history of racism, statues were torn down and symbols of national identity attacked. Across universities, fringe theories became the new orthodoxy, with a cadre of activists backed by university technocrats adopting a binary worldview of moral certainty, sin and deconstructive redemption through Western self-erasure.

This hard-hitting book surveys these developments for the first time. It unpacks and challenges the theories and arguments deployed by 'decolonisers' in a university system now characterised by garbled leadership and illiberal groupthink. The desire to question the West's sense of itself, deconstruct its narratives and overthrow its institutional order is an impulse that, ironically, was underpinned by a more confident and assured Western hegemony, which is now waning and under great strain. If its light continues to dim, who or what will carry the torch for human freedom and progress?

About the Author

Doug Stokes is the Director of the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter, a Fellow at the Legatum Institute and an Advisory Council member for the Free Speech Union. His writings on academic freedom and culture wars have appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Critic, The Spectator and other international outlets. Follow him online @profdws or at
Product Details
ISBN: 9781509554232
ISBN-10: 1509554238
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English