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Handbook of Critical Whiteness

Deconstructing Dominant Discourses Across Disciplines

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  • Offers space for White & Non-White authors to share account of how Whiteness permeates their discipline spaces/settings
  • Scrutinizes how epistemological, civilizational and structural racism permeate various disciplines and settings
  • Exposes/challenges dominant White values, e.g., objectivity, meritocracy, individualism, competition, efficiency, etc.

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About this book

This timely handbook responds to the international drive to know more about Whiteness – its origins, its impacts and, importantly, the means for diffusing it. Guided by critical Whiteness theory, the volume deconstructs, decodes and disrupts Whiteness as it is constructed and employed in contemporary and diverse contexts. To do so, the international contributors discuss and critique the role of 21st-century Whiteness across a range of professions and disciplines relevant to the needs of contemporary global citizens. Failure to deconstruct Whiteness as an ideology and the power structure underlying national and global racial inequalities undermines the efforts to improve social, health and economic outcomes for societies and nations on a grand scale.

The handbook is comprehensive in its nature and contents, with ten parts ranging from a more disciplinary-based approach, theoretical frameworks, and methodological frameworks, to different aspects of decolonized approaches to social, health, political and economic well-being. It navigates how various disciplines respond to the pervasive and persuasive nature of Whiteness in their operational settings, across individual, professional, organisational and systemic levels. The volume is unique in its dual focus on deconstructing Whiteness and providing examples and recommendations on how diverse groups seek to decolonize their communities and people through action. Examples and recommendations are discussed with particular focus on: 1) the interconnection between integrating indigenous and diverse knowledges and perspectives in deconstructing Whiteness; 2) the urgency for critical Whiteness discourse, dialogue and professional development across disciplines; and 3) institutional accountability to decolonisation and anti-racism. Considering the ongoing marginalization and institutional racism directed at non-White individuals and communities and the rise of White supremacy movements, critical Whiteness pedagogy and research is more important than ever.

The Handbook of Critical Whiteness: Deconstructing Dominant Discourses Across Disciplines is an essential resource for students, educators, academics, researchers, higher education administrators, practitioners, policy-makers, organisational leaders, government stakeholders, and other professionals in social sciences, medicine, STEM, allied/global/public health, legal and political disciplines, and health and social care institutions. It especially engages those interested in decolonisation, critical race theory, critical Whiteness theory, critical multiculturalism, social justice, anti-racism and indigenous knowledges.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Sydney School of Education and Social Work, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

    Jioji Ravulo

  • School of Health and Society, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia

    Katarzyna Olcoń

  • Translational Health Research Institute, Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism Translational Research Unit, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Australia

    Tinashe Dune

  • School of Health Sciences, Translational Health Research Institute, Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism Translational Research Unit, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Australia

    Alex Workman

  • College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Pranee Liamputtong

About the editors

Professor Jioji Ravulo has an extensive history in working locally, regionally and globally with diversity and equity groups striving to create sustainable initiatives and resources through meaningful collaborations and partnerships. Jioji has worked within the community services sector across various roles and areas including youth justice, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, educational engagement and homelessness. Jioji continues to undertake work in clinical private practice to ensure relevance of skills and knowledge that enhances social work teaching, learning and research approaches. Jioji’s father is iTaukei (indigenous) Fijian and late mother is Anglo Australian. As a queer person of colour, Jioji has personally and professionally experienced the negative impacts of racism and colonialism. Consequently, Jioji is obsessed with striving to understand the role of dominant discourses in upholding power structures, and equally coming up with ways to counteract through cultural diversity and its many differences. Within his research across various fields he strives to examine why marginality may occur in its various forms across equity groups, and to use critical Whiteness and decolonisation as a broader and local lens to assist. 

Dr. Katarzyna Olcoń is social work academic with an interest in critical multiculturalism, anti-racism, and community mental health. Extensive professional and personal experiences including having lived, worked, and studied in multiple countries and switching between three cultures and languages in her everyday life has taught Katarzyna about the central role that culture, race, and whiteness play in every aspect of human life. Katarzyna’s research focuses on preparing social work students and health and social service providers to respectfully engage with communities across racial and cultural differences and promoting anti-racist pedagogy and practice. Building on critical race theory, critical Whiteness theory, and critical multiculturalism, Katarzyna has been researching strategies to effectively teach about race, racism, and Whiteness in social work education. Some of her work has examined experiences and outcomes of U.S. students learning about the history of racial oppression while studying abroad in Ghana; racial consciousness in U.S. White students; recruitment and retention of Latino students in U.S. social work programs; and the problems with narrowly understood cultural competence model in social service provision. 

Dr. Tinashe Dune is a multi-award winning academic in the areas of health sociology and public health. Her research, teaching and practice (clinical psychology) focus on the experiences of marginalised populations. This includes the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse people, those living with disability, ageing populations, LGBTIQ-identifying people and Indigenous populations. Dr Duneis an expert in qualitative research methods and sexual and reproductive health. She also utilises innovative mixed-methods approaches and interdisciplinary perspectives to support multidimensional understandings of the lived experience, health outcomes and ways to improve wellbeing. As a result of her work Dr Dune has been nationally recognised by the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia and Western Sydney University for her excellence and innovation in Public Health teaching. She has also been recognised as an ambassador against bigotry and an advocate for diversity and inclusion by the Australian National University’s Freilich Foundation as well as for her Excellence in Community Engagement and Sustainability by WSU for her LGBTIQ advocacy work. She is also Director of the Secretariat for African Women Australia (AWAU) - a community based organisation which seeks to be Australia's national hub for research and outreach for African women and by African women in Australia. In her role with AWAU she actively engages with academic, industry and community stakeholders to conduct and implement translational research.

Alex Workman (MRes) is a criminologist and has an interest in the social justice outcomes of marginalized populations, particularly those who are sexually diverse, and the intersections they have with other parts of their identity. Alex’s doctoral thesis investigates survivors of intimate partner violence and their manifestation of resilience after leaving the relationship. This study focuses on the lived experiences of gender and sexuality diverse people and other intersections of their identity such as people living with a disability, Indigenous people, culturally and linguistically diverse people and religious minorities. Alex’s research focuses on the intersections of public health, criminology, policing and human rights. The intersectional disciplinary approach to research has seenAlex travel internationally to present his research in Canada and Scotland as part of the Law Enforcement and Public Health (LEPH) conference. Additionally, Alex is now co-chair of the Intersectionality in Law Enforcement and Public Health Special Interest Group (GLEPHA). Alex has been teaching across a broad array of disciplines within health and social sciences including, cultural safety, policing, criminological theory, human rights, across undergraduate programs at Western Sydney University. Alex’s latest work focuses on the concept of cultural diversity of agents and consumers working in the criminal justice system. The project is titled Culture, Diversity and Criminal Justice: Towards Culturally Safe Justice Systems.

Prof. Pranee Liamputtong is a medical anthropologist and has interest in the health of women, children, immigrants, refugees, older people, and transgender individuals. In terms of health issues, Pranee is very interested in issues relating to motherhood, reproductive health, sexuality, sexual health, and mental health. She has carried out a number of research projects with refugee and immigrant women in Australia and women in Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand and Malaysia. She has also undertaken qualitative research on women living with HIV/AIDS and women living with breast cancer in Thailand. Pranee’s research interest also includes online research and has carried out research in the area of online dating and its implications for sexual health. Recently, Pranee has focused her research on the sexuality and sexual health issues of Asian women, refugee/immigrant women, young people, and trans women from CALD backgrounds. Pranee has been supervising a large number of research students, both local and international, who have interest in conducting qualitative research in the areas of gender, sexuality, reproductive health, sexual health, and cross-cultural research. Pranee is a qualitative researcher and has written a number of textbooks on this approach. She has written a number of textbooks on health-related issues. Some of her textbooks (Qualitative Research Methods, Research Methods in Health: Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice, Social Determinants of Health & Public Health) have been adopted widely, both in Australia and overseas. Her recent work focuses more on the production of  handbooks, including Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences , Handbook of Social Inclusion, Research and Practices in the Health and Social Sciences, Handbook of Qualitative Cross-Cultural Research: A Social Science Perspective, and Handbook of Social Sciences and Global Public Health. She has been teaching qualitative research methodology, medical humanities and communication in health within the Medical and Nursing programs at VinUniversity.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook of Critical Whiteness

  • Book Subtitle: Deconstructing Dominant Discourses Across Disciplines

  • Editors: Jioji Ravulo, Katarzyna Olcoń, Tinashe Dune, Alex Workman, Pranee Liamputtong

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Springer Reference Social Sciences, Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences, Reference Module Business, Economics and Social Sciences

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-1612-0Due: 29 June 2024

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Ethnicity, Class, Gender and Crime, Social Structure, Social Inequality, Imperialism and Colonialism

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