Nu har ”Routledge handbook of critical studies in whiteness” publicerats

Nu har tegelstensboken ”Routledge handbook of critical studies in whiteness” äntligen kommit ut under Shona Hunters och Christi van der Westhuizens redaktörskap och efter flera års arbete. Boken består av sammanlagt 28 bidrag författade av forskare världen över som behandlar vithet utifrån ett stort antal aspekter, de olika bidragen liksom redaktörsparets introduktionskapitel genomsyras av ett tydligt dekolonialt perspektiv på vithet liksom av ett medvetet försök att decentrera den engelsktalande världen och själv har jag bidragit med en artikel om den svenska vitheten i relation till svensk antirasism och till Sverige som världens största adoptionsland.

”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.”


”Our world is in turmoil. We 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”