Understanding Critical Whiteness Studies: Harmful or Helpful in the Struggle for Racial Equity in the Academy?

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Cole, M. 2021. Understanding Critical Whiteness Studies: Harmful or Helpful in the Struggle for Racial Equity in the Academy? in: Thomas, D. S. P. and Arday, J. (ed.) Doing Equity and Diversity for Success in Higher Education: Redressing Structural Inequalities in the Academy Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 277–298
AuthorsCole, M.
EditorsThomas, D. S. P. and Arday, J.
Abstract

Focusing on the hazards and benefits that come with a critical interrogation of Whiteness, the chapter outlines its purpose and framework, and draws attention to the crucial need for it to be symbiotic with intersectional analysis and anti-colonial, anti-capitalist scholarship. This chapter concludes with a schematic framework that offers a way through the problems encountered by fixations with White personal shame or growth, towards an eradication of anti-Black racism in higher education that is served—not blunted—by individual grapples with White privilege, White guilt and White fragility. Cole also offers a practical insight into his own attempts at anti-racist praxis in the Higher Education. Cole proposes an anti-colonial schema of authentic engagement with Critical Whiteness Studies that centres Black radicalism for a positive way forward.

Book titleDoing Equity and Diversity for Success in Higher Education: Redressing Structural Inequalities in the Academy
Page range277–298
Year2021
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
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Online19 Jun 2021
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Deposited30 Mar 2022
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Race, Inequality and Social Justice in Education
ISBN978-3-030-65668-3
978-3-030-65667-6
ISSN2524-633X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-65668-3_21
Copyright holder© 2021 The Author
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