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Understanding Racism in a Post-Racial World

Visible Invisibilities

Palgrave Macmillan


  • By mapping certain experiences of race on to the author's own body, she unmasks the deep spaces of silence, invisibility and hyper-visibility that black bodies occupy in the most routine of daily tasks

  • Explores a brief history of race in the context of Australia

  • Mixes personal narrative with reimagined history and academic critique

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    • Sunshine Kamaloni
    Pages 1-24
  3. Can I Touch You? Everyday Racism

    • Sunshine Kamaloni
    Pages 65-97
  4. Conclusion

    • Sunshine Kamaloni
    Pages 193-200
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 201-221

About this book

This book addresses the question: how can we talk about race in a world that is considered post-racial, a world where race doesn’t exist? Kamaloni engages with the tradition of everyday racism and traces the process of racialisation through the interaction of bodies in space. Exploring the embodied experience exposes the idea of post-racialism as a response to continued cultural anxieties about race and the desire to erase it. Understanding Racism in a Post-Racial World presents a broader question about what everyday encounters about race might tell us about the current cultural construction of race. 

The book provides a much-needed investigation of the intersection of race, bodies and space as a critical part of how bodies and spaces become racialised, and will be of value to students and scholars interested in understanding and discussing race across interdisciplinary areas such as cultural studies, communication, gender studies, geography, body studies, literature studies and urban studies. 


  • Race in Australia
  • Embodiment
  • colour-blindness
  • mundane spaces
  • hyper-visibility

Authors and Affiliations

  • Monash University, Clayton, Australia

    Sunshine Kamaloni

About the author

Sunshine Kamaloni is Researcher and Postgraduate Advocate at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Understanding Racism in a Post-Racial World

  • Book Subtitle: Visible Invisibilities

  • Authors: Sunshine Kamaloni

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-10984-4Published: 08 March 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-10985-1Published: 27 February 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 221

  • Topics: Race and Ethnicity Studies, Sociology of Culture, Gender Studies

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 89.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)