This blog brings together thought and discussion surrounding Critical Whiteness Studies.  Research in this area attempts to turn the logic of traditional race and ethnicity studies on its head by focusing on ‘white’ as an ethnic category in an attempt to expose the workings of power that have privileged ‘white’ identity above others, and which have enabled it to function as the default identity for the human race.  

Findings from Critical Whiteness Studies have profoundly changed how we come to understand racial categories.  By exposing the processes which inform how categories are constituted and maintained, we can begin to understand them as social constructions rather than ‘natural’ differences which have underlined racist imaginings of the Other.   Such re-workings of the categories which have produced us as ‘raced’ and ‘gendered’ beings require us to question how and why they have been produced, and most importantly, to what effect?

This blog attempts to debate the issues of our times.  We are writing at a time of change, when new conceptions must drive forward and meet head-to-head the issues that affect us all.  Our ability to critique the operation of power and to question the practices that enable some societies to maintain power over others is central to these debates.  Those working under the banner of Critical Whiteness Studies attempt to expose the uneven workings of power which permeate our world in the hope that our societies may develop in more humanitarian ways.

These discussions should not remain within the academy.  These are issues that are reflected in the circumstances of us all.   This blog aims to bridge the gap between the academy and the people that are the basis of our discussions.  Some of us are campaigners for anti-racism, anti-fascism, anti-Islamophobia and anti-war.  We are all humanitarians. 

Our work is about exposing inequalities so that we can re-imagine and re-learn new ways of being and break down the barriers that divide us from each other. 

Join us in our discussions and debates so that we can work towards new social imaginings that are not only beneficial to a privileged minority, but to us, the majority, who aspire to something better.


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