Combating whiteness behaviors through culturally responsive practice

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In anti-oppressive social work practice, what happens to normality and morality when Whiteness behaviours are blind and wilful? There is something marked and tainted in the ‘invisible whiteness of being’, because to deny the existence of Whiteness is to believe there is only one worldview and ideology, and that we now exist in a life of post-colonisation. That idea makes more provocative the thinking around wilful blindness. This chapter uses identity stories from Australia and Āotearoa to critique the way that human services and social work education curriculum is developed. In the ‘normality’ of Whiteness situations, for First Nations Peoples, there is a recursive nature to the way that daily life is never without some form of experience of racism, inequity, negligence, and abrogation of human rights. Wherever there are power dynamics in relationships, privilege becomes the other side of the Whiteness coin; with a flip of that coin, what elements of power and privilege are dealt to the individual and different cultural groups?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Critical Whiteness
Subtitle of host publicationDeconstructing Dominant Discourses Across Disciplines
EditorsJioji Ravulo, Katarzyna Olcon, Tinashe Dune, Alex Workman, Pranee Liamputtong
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789811916120
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2023


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