1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Critical Studies in Whiteness

Edited By Shona Hunter, Christi van der Westhuizen Copyright 2022
    414 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    414 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook offers a unique decolonial take on the field of Critical Whiteness Studies by rehistoricising and re-spatialising the study of bodies and identities in the world system of coloniality.

    Situating the critical study of whiteness as a core intellectual pillar in a broadly based project for racial and social justice, the volume understands whiteness as elaborated in global coloniality through epistemology, ideology and governmentality at the intersections with heteropatriarchy and capitalism. The diverse contributions present Black and other racially diverse scholarship as crucial to the field. The focus of inquiry is expanded beyond Northern Anglophone contexts to challenge centre/margin relations, examining whiteness in the Caribbean, South Africa and the African continent, Asia, the Middle East as well as in the United States and parts of Europe. Providing a transdisciplinary approach and addressing debates about knowledges, black and white subjectivities and newly defensive forms of whiteness, as seen in the rise of the Radical Right, the handbook deepens our understanding of power, place, and culture in coloniality.

    This book will be an invaluable resource for researchers, advanced students, and scholars in the fields of Education, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Political Sciences, Philosophy, Critical Race Theory, Feminist and Gender Studies, Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, Security Studies, Migration Studies, Media Studies, Indigenous Studies, Cultural Studies, Critical Diversity Studies, and African, Latin American, Asian, American, British and European Studies.


    Shona Hunter and Christi van der Westhuizen

    1. Viral Whiteness: 21st Century Global Colonialities

    Shona Hunter and Christi van der Westhuizen

    Part I Onto-Epistemologies: Theory Against Whiteness

    Part I Introduction

    2. Emerging Whiteness in Early-Modern India: A Nietzschean Reading of Jan Huygen van Linschoten

    Arun Saldanha

    3. Whiteness, Christianity and Anti-Muslim Racism

    Sherene H. Razack

    4. Affects in Making White Womanhood

    Katalin Halász

    5. What Do Cultural Figurations Know About Global Whiteness?

    Mark Schmitt

    Part II Conspiracies: Ideologies Reinforcing Whiteness 

    Part II Introduction

    6. Trans/Nationalist Convergences: Hindu Nationalism, Trump’s America and the Many Shades of Whiteness

    Sitara Thobani

    7. #TradCulture: Reproducing Whiteness and Neo-Fascism Through Gendered Discourse Online

    Ashley A. Mattheis

    8. Hating Meghan Markle: Drawing the Boundaries of British Whiteness Against Postfeminist Femininity

    Kendra Marston

    9. Colour-Blind Ideologies: The Whiteness of Liberalism and Socialism

    Mandisi Majavu

    10. Zionism as a Movement of Whiteness: Race and Colour in the Zionist Project

    Ilan Pappé

    Part III Colonialities: Permutations of Whiteness Over Time

    Part III Introduction

    11. How (Not) to Become White

    Shefali Chandra

    12. ‘Good Sweden’: Transracial Adoption and the Construction of Swedish Whiteness and White Antiracism

    Tobias Hübinette

    13. Japan’s Modernisation and Self Construction Between White and Yellow

    Yasuko Takezawa

    14. The Evolution of Whiteness in Zimbabwe: Any White Will Do?

    Rory Pilossof

    Part IV Intersectionalities: Differences (De)stabilising Whiteness

    Part IV Introduction

    15. ‘Africa is Not for Sissies’: The Race for Dominance Between White Masculinities in South Africa

    Theo Sonnekus

    16. White Femininity, Black Masculinity and Imperial Sex/Romance Tourism: Resisting ‘Whitestream’ Feminism’s Single Story

    Katerina Deliovsky

    17. Paradoxes of Racism: Whiteness in Gay Pages Magazine

    Lwando Scott

    18. Between the ‘Left Behind’ and ‘The People’: Racism, Populism and the Construction of the ‘White Working Class’ in the Context of Brexit

    Neema Begum, Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter

    Part V Governmentalities: Formations, Reproductions and Refusals of Whiteness

    Part V Introduction

    19. Assisted Reproduction and Assisted Whiteness

    Amrita Pande

    20. British Indian Seafarers, Bordering and Belonging

    Georgie Wemyss

    21. Making Yourself at Home: Performances of Whiteness in Cultural Production about Home and Homemaking Practices

    Sarah Heinz

    22. Bleeding Through the Band-Aid: The White Saviour Industrial Complex

    Jamie Kherbaoui and Brittany Aronson

    23. An Ecological Exploration of Whiteness: Using Imperial Hegemony and Racial Socialisation to Examine Lived Experiences and Social Performativity of Melanated Communities

    Javeria Khadija Shah

    Part VI Provocations: Debates and Dilemmas 

    Part VI Introduction

    24. Curtailing Imagination: Modern African Philosophy’s Struggle Against Whiteness

    Bernard Matolino

    25. ‘The Feeling in My Chest’: Unblocking Space for People of Colour in Critical Whiteness Studies

    Amanpreet Ahluwalia

    26. Integrity, Self-Respect, and White Privilege

    Samantha Vice

    27. Whiteness as Resistance: The Intersectionality of the ‘Alt-Right’

    Phillip W. Gray

    28. An Evolutionary Terror: A Critical Examination of Emboldened Whiteness and Race Evasion

    Colleen E. Boucher and Cheryl E. Matias

    Epilogue: Reflections

    Michelle Fine and William E. Cross Jr.


    Shona Hunter is Reader in the Centre for Race Education and Decoloniality (CRED), Leeds Beckett University, UK. Her publications include Power, Politics and the Emotions: Impossible Governance (2015) and various special editions and articles in Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, Critical Social Policy, Critical Arts: South-North Media and Cultural Studies, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Journal, Journal of Psychosocial Studies, and Policy Futures in Education. She has held posts at the Universities of Birmingham, Lancaster, Leeds University in the United Kingdom and visiting positions at the Universities of Sydney, Australia; Mannheim, Germany; Cape Town, Rhodes; and Johannesburg, South Africa. Her scholarly interests are framed through an engagement with feminist anti-racist decolonial critique and include all aspects of welfare politics and governance, state practices, identities and the broader material-cultural-affective politics through which ‘the’ state(s) is enacted nationally and globally as a global colonial formation.

    Christi van der Westhuizen is Associate Professor at the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD), Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. Her publications include the monographs White Power & the Rise and Fall of the National Party (2007) and Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans Women in Postapartheid South Africa (2017), and articles in African Studies, Critical Philosophy of Race and Matatu Journal for African Culture and Society. She has held research fellowships with various universities, and previously worked as an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pretoria. Her research focuses on identity, difference, ideology, and democracy in postcolonial contexts.

    "This collection offers, at long last, the foundation of a genuinely transnational as well as transdisciplinary conversation about whiteness. The editors have curated an extraordinary range of work from a new generation of writers who bring creative, intuitive and analytical insights to bear on a subject that has evaded sustained critique for too long. The book will infuriate those who are invested in maintaining the status quo; it will only encourage those who are determined to act together to change it." 

    Vron Ware, Out of Whiteness. 

    "This handbook provides a compelling, multi-level and wide-ranging investigation of the many ways in which white supremacy has ineluctably always been central to the notion of ‘race’ and racism in its various dehumanising and ever-destructive guises. Drawing on the insights of authors from a wide range of countries, contexts, and disciplines, this insightfully curated collection of chapters makes for captivating reading and adds significantly to extant scholarship on racism. This scholarly tour de force will undoubtedly become an important reference for scholars with an interest in the field whiteness and racism and the ever-changing articulations of racism."

    Norman Duncan, Professor of Psychology; Critical Race Scholar; Co-editor of ‘Race, Memory, and the Apartheid Archive’.

    "What a wide-ranging and fiery examination of whiteness; its intersections, infusions and leaching logics across time, place and systems of colonial and racial domination. Apartheid, Hindu nationalism, indigenous genocide, oceanic colonialism and Goa, Meghan Markle, post-feminism, philosophical entrapment and Zionism are some of the topics through which authors complicate and decolonise critical whiteness studies. Drawing out theorising into activism, crucially the collection offers strategies towards a more equitable social world. A treasure trove for teachers, students and activists." 

    Yasmin Gunaratnam, Reader Goldsmiths College, author of Researching Race and Ethnicity and Death and the Migrant. 

    "It is hard to think of a more necessary critical renewal of whiteness studies than that presented in this detailed, challenging and incredibly insightful book. Authoritative and innovative, the editors and authors have done a great service to the topic and our understanding of it."

    Professor Nasar Meer, University of Edinburgh, Editor of Whiteness and Nationalism

    "Our world is in turmoil. We in live in the accumulated pain and emboldened geopolitical violence of 500 years of colonial history. This volume does not offer any balm for white wounds. Rather it is an insurgent call for racial justice. Bringing together a breadth of voices from across the Global North and South, the editors ask readers to critically reflect upon the connections and separations of the world through the varied formations of whiteness. This extraordinary volume is a provocation, a challenge, and a conversation, offering new constellations of possibilities to approach the field of critical whiteness studies; to interrogate whiteness within the calculated balances and sacrificial structures of the world; and to consider whiteness in relation, a method of working through the interpersonal. The chapters rumble with a thoughtful intensity that both activists and intellectuals require to carry forth visions of radical change, especially in these times when events in one part of the world cascades in another."

    Nalini Mohabir, Concordia University, co-editor of The Fire that Time: Transnational Black Radicalism and the Sir George Williams Occupation