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Whitening Race: Essays in social and cultural criticism

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Prof Aileen Moreton-Robinson


With its focus on Australia, Whitening race engages with relations between migration, Indigenous dispossession and whiteness. It creates a new intellectual space that investigates the nature of racialised conditions and their role in reproducing colonising relations in Australia.

Aileen Moreton-Robinson has brought together scholars from a range of disciplines: philosophy, cultural and gender studies, education, social work, sociology and literary studies. All engage critically with the location of the social and discursive construction of whiteness.

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'One last thing from this reviewer — the title of the book. It makes strange things happen. It makes possible sentences like this: "Whitening Race contributes to the displacement of white privilege in this country"; or "Whitening Race will disrupt the way we think about race"'.

— Fiona Probyn, Australian Humanities Journal, June 2005