University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
The Student Teachers Anti-Racism Society (STARS) promotes anti-racism education at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan through the support of the College. We work collaboratively to understand, identify, and address individual and systemic racism and its interlocking forms of oppression based on gender, sexuality, ability, class, religion and other socially constructed categories. We believe that anti-racist and decolonizing education, when woven together, can create humanizing and emancipatory change for everyone.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Globalization & Whiteness

Check out this book review of Black Bloc, White Riot: Anti-Globalization and the Genealogy of Dissent: http://rabble.ca/books/reviews/2011/06/stuff-white-people-smash

It looks like an excellent read and well-needed analysis of why globalization movements are not always anti-racist. It's important to understand the connection between racism/white supremacy and the global economy (and make this explicit) so that we can teach students about the historical and current relationships between race and political/economic power at global and local levels. Too often, it seems, the focus is on helping 'underdeveloped' countries and local communities without examining the role that whiteness plays in maintaining these inhumane inequalities and global systems of oppression. A few articles/chapters/books that make this connection and are worth reading include:

-Abu-Laban, Y. & Gabriel, C. (2008). Selling (out) diversity in an age of globalization. In M. Wallis & S. Kwok (eds.), Daily struggles: The deepening of racialization and feminization of poverty in Canada. Canada: Canadian Scholars Press.

-Allen, P. (2001). The globalization of white supremacy: Toward a critical discourse on the racialization of the world. Educational Theory, 51(4), 467-485.
-Arat-Koc, S. (2009). New whiteness(es), beyond the colour line? Assessing the contradictions and complexities of “whiteness” in the (geo)political economy of capitalist globalism. In S. Razack, M. Smith & S. Thobani (eds.), States of race: Critical race feminism for the 21st century (pp. 147-168). Toronto: Between the Lines.

-Battiste, M. (2005). You can’t be the doctor if you’re the colonial disease. In P. Tripp & L.Muzzin (eds.), Teaching as activism: Equity meets environmentalism (pp. 121-133). Montreal: McGill Queens University Press.
-Bonnett, A. (2006). The Americanisation of anti-racism? Global power and hegemony in ethnic equity. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 32(7), 1083-1103.
-Dhruvarajan, V. (2005). Colonialsim and capitalism: Continuities and variations in strategies of domination and oppression. In P. Tripp & L.Muzzin (eds.), Teaching as activism: Equity meets environmentalism (pp. 134-148). Montreal: McGill Queens University Press.
-Farmer, P. (2005). Pathologies of power: Health, human rights, and the new war on the poor. Berkeley: University of California Press.
-Glenn, E. N. (2009). Consuming lightness: Segmented markets and global capital in the skin whitening trade. In E. N. Glenn (ed.), Shades of difference: Why skin color matters (pp. 166-187). Stanford: Stanford University Press.
-Goldberg, D. T. (2006). The global reach of raceless states. In D. Macedo & P. Gounari (eds.), The globalization of racism (pp. 45-67). Boulder: Paradigm Publishers.
-Leonardo, Z. (2002). The souls of white folk: Critical pedagogy, whiteness studies, and globalization discourse. Race Ethnicity and Education,5(1), 29-50.
-Massey, D. (2007). Categorically unequal: The American stratification system. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
-Razack, S. (2004). Dark threats and white knights: The Somalia affair, peacekeeping and the new imperialism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
-Stewart-Harawira, M. (2005). The new imperial order: Indigenous responses to globalization. London: Zed Books.
-Vaid, J. (2009). Fair enough? Color and the commodification of self in Indian matrimonials. In E. N. Glenn (ed.), Shades of difference: Why skin color matters (pp. 148-165). Stanford: Stanford University Press.

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