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White Privilege

The Myth of a Post-Racial Society

Kalwant Bhopal



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Policy Press
06 April 2018
Why and how do those from black and minority ethnic communities continue to be marginalised? Bhopal explores how neoliberal policy-making has increased discrimination faced by those from non-white backgrounds. She also shows how certain types of whiteness is privileged, for example Gypsies and Travellers, despite their identity of whiteness, remain disadvantaged in society. Drawing on topical debates around education, the labour market, class and poverty, and supported by empirical data and conceptual underpinning, this important book examines the impact of race on wider issues of inequality and difference in society.
By:   Kalwant Bhopal
Imprint:   Policy Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 148mm, 
ISBN:   9781447335979
ISBN 10:   144733597X
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   06 April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Foreword by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown Introduction: race as disadvantage; White privilege; Not white enough; Intersectionality: gender, race and class; Race, schooling and exclusion; Higher education and representation; Racism and bullying in the UK; Racial inequalities in the labour market; Wealth, poverty and inequality; Conclusions: race, social justice and equality.

Kalwant Bhopal is Professor of Education and Social Justice at the University of Birmingham. She is visiting Professor at Harvard University at the Graduate School of Education and visiting Professor at Kings College London. Her areas of interest and expertise focus on the educational experiences of Black and minority ethnic groups as well as Gypsies and Travellers.

Reviews for White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society

A lucid straightforward illumination of whiteness and white privilege, as it is currently acted-out in school and society, despite social justice policies. It puts before readers the pervasiveness and meanness of white privilege in education/schooling and society in this neoliberal, non-post-racial era. Timely and deserving of urgent attention. Carl A. Grant, Hoefs Bascom Professor University Wisconsin-Madison and author of Du Bois and Education. White Privilege brilliantly dismantles the myth of a post-racial society. It is a 'must-read' for all those concerned about inequalities of race in society. Diane Reay, University of Cambridge A valuable insight into the complexities and subtleties of modern day racism, the intersection of race and class and the unfinished battle to transcend white hegemony. Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner Many of the critical analyses of neoliberalism in education have neglected the ways in which neoliberalism as a theory and as a set of policies and practices is deeply connected to racialisation. In White Privilege, Kalwant Bhopal provides us with a clear and powerful analysis of these connections and of why they are so crucial to understand. Michael W. Apple, John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison In this wide-ranging book Bhopal addresses racial inequality in Britain and the United States. She demonstrates how racial inequality is pervasive in British society across sectors, especially education and the labor market, an important perspective for scholars. A great introduction to issues of racial inequality. Natasha Kumar Warikoo, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education. Offers a crucial and timely focus on the perpetuation of white privilege in a society that claims to be post-racial, and the continuing disadvantages experienced by black and minority ethnic groups... provides a wealth of data on social, educational and economic inequalities in both the UK and USA where white supremacist hate is increasing. It should be read by policy makers, practitioners and the public to help them realise how white privilege works and disadvantage is perpetuated Sally Tomlinson, University of Oxford

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