I december 2021 utkommer ”Routledge Handbook of Critical Studies in Whiteness”

In December 2021 Routledge will publish ”Routledge Handbook of Critical Studies in Whiteness” which is edited by Shona Hunter and Christi van der Westhuizen:



“This handbook offers a unique decolonial take on the field of Critical Whiteness Studies by re-historicising 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 USA, Scandinavia 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: Preface

1. Shona Hunter and Christi van der Westhuizen: Viral Whiteness: 21st Century Global Colonialities

Part I Onto-Epistemologies: Theory Against Whiteness

Part I Introduction 

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

3. Sherene H. Razack: Whiteness, Christianity and Anti-Muslim Racism

4. Katalin Halász: Affects in Making White Womanhood 

5. Mark Schmitt: What Do Cultural Figurations Know About Global Whiteness?

Part II Conspiracies: Ideologies Reinforcing Whiteness 

Part II Introduction 

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

7. Ashley A. Mattheis: TradCulture: Reproducing Whiteness and Neo-Fascism Through Gendered Discourse Online

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

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

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

Part III Colonialities: Permutations of Whiteness Over Time 

Part III Introduction 

11. Shefali Chandra: How (Not) to Become White

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

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

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

Part IV Intersectionalities: Differences (De)stabilising Whiteness

Part IV Introduction 

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

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

17. Lwando Scott: Paradoxes of Racism: Whiteness in Gay Pages Magazine

18. Neema Begum, Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter: Between the ‘Left Behind’ and ‘The People’: Racism, Populism and the Construction of the ‘White Working Class’ in the Context of Brexit 

Part V Governmentalities: Formations, Reproductions and Refusals of Whiteness 

Part V Introduction 

19. Amrita Pande: Assisted Reproduction and Assisted Whiteness

20. Georgie Wemyss: British Indian Seafarers, Bordering and Belonging 

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

22. Jamie Kherbaoui and Brittany Aronson: Bleeding Through the Band-Aid: The White Saviour Industrial Complex 

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

Part VI Provocations: Debates and Dilemmas 

Part VI Introduction 

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

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

26. Samantha Vice: Integrity, Self-Respect, and White Privilege

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

28. Colleen E. Boucher and Cheryl E. Matias: An Evolutionary Terror: A Critical Examination of Emboldened Whiteness and Race Evasion 

Michelle Fine and William E. Cross Jr.: Epilogue. Reflections


”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

”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 DuncanProfessor 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 GunaratnamReader 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 MeerUniversity 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 MohabirConcordia University, co-editor of The Fire that Time: Transnational Black Radicalism and the Sir George Williams Occupation