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White noise: A critical evaluation of social work education’s engagement with whiteness studies

Jeyasingham, Dharman 2011, 'White noise: A critical evaluation of social work education’s engagement with whiteness studies' , The British Journal of Social Work .

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    Literature about whiteness and white identities has proliferated across the social sciences and humanities over recent years. However, there has so far been only a small amount of writing in social work, almost all concerned with social work education, which has attempted to make use of ideas developed in this body of literature. This paper summarises the major themes examined in the field of whiteness studies and discusses two broad critiques of approaches to the topic, concerned with the reification of whiteness and the reflexive focus of much work in this field. It then evaluates social work education’s engagement so far with these concepts and finds that, while social work education literature has started to discuss whiteness, it has not so far considered critical approaches to whiteness studies and has not engaged with recent, more situated and nuanced work about whiteness, such as studies that are concerned with performativity. The paper makes some suggestions about how whiteness studies can be used in social work education to enable more complex understandings of race and power.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: The British Journal of Social Work
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0045-3102
    Depositing User: D Jeyasingham
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 16:22
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:17

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