Whiteness is under scrutiny as never before. Amid academic and public debate, anti-racist resistance movements are on the rise, as are racial populisms and newly aggressive forms of whiteness in the wake of neoliberal globalisation and the COVID-19 pandemic. Grasping the nettle of whiteness, analytically and politically, becomes all the more urgent at this juncture. This Handbook situates the critical study of whiteness as a core intellectual pillar in a broadly based project for racial and social justice. Whiteness is understood as elaborated in global coloniality through epistemology, ideology and governmentality, at the intersections with heteropatriarchy and capitalism. The contributions extend the parameters of ‘the field’ of Critical Whiteness Studies to re-historicise and re-spatialise the study of bodies and identities in the world system of coloniality.
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