From critical whiteness studies to a critical study of whiteness: restoring criticality in critical whiteness studies

Cheryl E. Matias, Colleen Boucher

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Abstract

This theoretical article critically reflects on critical whiteness studies (CWS), particularly addressing the critique that CWS does not have racial theory and therefore cannot be considered a theoretical framework in which to analyse race. Reflecting on existing literature that interrogates whiteness in teacher education; we contend that to centre racial justice in education research a critical study of whiteness must be employed, drawing from the work of scholars of Colour. Therefore, we provide a variety of transdisciplinary theories from critical scholars and scholars of Colour–from conflict theory to racial psychoanalysis–to undergird the analytic framework of CWS. We also offer implications of a critical study of whiteness approach to education research, hoping that it not only combats whiteness in society and education but changes the way we conduct research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-81
Number of pages18
JournalWhiteness and Education
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

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Keywords

  • Black
  • Whiteness
  • critical whiteness studies
  • educational research
  • race
  • teacher education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Demography

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