Cultivating a anti-racist postion in a post-race society

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeople's knowledge and Participatory Action Research Escaping the White Wall Labyrinth
EditorsPeoples Knowledge Collective
PublisherPractical Action Publishing
Chapter4
Pages45-52
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78044-932-6
ISBN (Print)9781853399398 , 9781853399329
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    Singh, J. (2016). Cultivating a anti-racist postion in a post-race society. In P. K. C. (Ed.), People's knowledge and Participatory Action Research Escaping the White Wall Labyrinth (pp. 45-52). Practical Action Publishing.