Unhooking from Whiteness

Resisting the Esprit de Corps

  • Nicholas D. Hartlep
  • Cleveland Hayes

Part of the Constructing Knowledge book series (CKCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Michael E. Jennings
    Pages 1-12
  3. Nicholas D. Hartlep
    Pages 27-33
  4. Kenneth J. Fasching-Varner
    Pages 35-46
  5. Matthew T. Witt
    Pages 47-61
  6. Rosa Mazurett-Boyle, René Antrop-González
    Pages 63-73
  7. Antonio L. Ellis, Christopher N. Smith
    Pages 75-87
  8. Cheryl E. Matias
    Pages 89-99
  9. Brenda Juárez Harris, Darron T. Smith, Cleveland Hayes
    Pages 101-116
  10. Veronica Escoffery-Runnels
    Pages 121-122
  11. Cleveland Hayes, Brenda Juárez Harris, Nicholas D. Hartlep
    Pages 123-138
  12. Paul R. Carr
    Pages 139-145
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 147-163

About this book


"What happens to people when they choose to unhook from the rules and modes of thought whiteness requires and expects of them?

Whiteness promotes a form of hegemonic thinking, which influences not only thought processes but also behavior within the academy. Working to dismantle the racism and whiteness that continue to keep oppressed people powerless and immobilized in academe requires sharing power, opportunity, and access. Removing barriers to the knowledge created in higher education is an essential part of this process. The process of unhooking oneself from institutionalized whiteness certainly requires fighting hegemonic modes of thought and patriarchal views that persistently keep marginalized groups of academics in their station (or at their institution). In the explosive Unhooking from Whiteness: Resisting the Esprit de Corps, editors Hartlep and Hayes continue the conversation they began in 2013; they and the chapter contributors are brave enough to tell a contemporary reality few are brave enough to discuss.  

“In this groundbreaking and revolutionary sequel volume to Unhooking from Whiteness: The Key to Dismantling Racism in the United States, Nicholas Hartlep and Cleveland Hayes and a group of fearless scholars-activists continue to manifest liberative counternarratives, counteraccounts, personal memoirs, poetry, and testimonios of ‘humanity destroying crimes’ of racism, white supremacy, and ‘academic lynching’ that pervade the academic psyche through epistemology, ontology, and axiology in the United States. This radical work poses a troubling challenge to humanity not only to unhook from, but also to contest, transgress, and liberate from, white supremacy to cultivate extraordinary human potential in a trembling and unjust world.” – Ming Fang He, Georgia Southern University

Nicholas D. Hartlep is an award-winning Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations at Illinois State University and co-editor of Unhooking from Whiteness: The Key to Dismantling Racism in the United States and Critical Storytelling in Uncritical Times: Stories Disclosed in a Cultural Foundations of Education Course. He lives and writes in Normal, Illinois. 

Cleveland Hayes is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne. Dr. Hayes teaches Secondary and Elementary Science Methods in the Teacher Education program and Research Methods in the Education Management and Leadership Program. He lives and writes in Upland, California."


Whiteness Racism White supremacy Academic lynching Institutional racism

Editors and affiliations

  • Nicholas D. Hartlep
    • 1
  • Cleveland Hayes
    • 2
  1. 1.Illinois State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of La VerneUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-527-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-722X
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-7238
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