Why does the practice of action research for social change require a critical engagement with issues of race, power, and identity? How do we cultivate an anti-racist and post- colonial position when carrying out action research? Through a brief description of my experience of racism and imperialism from a personal and professional standpoint, I explore three overlapping ideas. Firstly, recognizing the dominant position of racism in our culture; secondly, recognizing race as an experience; and thirdly, recognizing the need for an ongoing process of ‘decolonizing’ our thinking. The current post- race society denies the existence of racism, yet has seen racism perpetuated and embedded in institutions. I offer suggestions for how we might cultivate an anti- racist perspective to avoid the pitfalls and dangers of this post-race thinking.
|Title of host publication||People's knowledge and Participatory Action Research Escaping the White Wall Labyrinth|
|Editors||Peoples Knowledge Collective|
|Publisher||Practical Action Publishing|
|ISBN (Print)||9781853399398 , 9781853399329|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|