White Privilege Unmasked

White Privilege Unmasked : How to be Part of the Solution

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All white people understand cultural differences from a platform of relative privilege, affecting their personal and professional interactions. How should they respond when confronted with this knowledge? This introductory book looks at the concept of whiteness, and shows how individuals can 'unmask' their own whiteness and take meaningful steps to break down unconscious bias and structural racism.

Exploring how colonial history resulted in white privilege, this book examines how that privilege manifests today in a culturally diverse world, and the links between the rise in far-right politics and anti-immigration rhetoric that led to Brexit and Donald Trump's election. It looks at the pressures on privilege and white populations, with candid reflections on how even well-meaning white people may project unconscious bias in their everyday lives. There are also dedicated chapters on training to raise awareness of white privilege in professional organizations.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 18mm | 240g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 black and white figures
  • 1785924087
  • 9781785924088
  • 1,192,482

Table of contents

Part One: Facing Up to White Privilege. 1. Introduction. 2. A Short History of Whiteness. 3. How are White People Privileged? Part Two: The Effects of White Privilege. 4. White Awareness within a Culturally Diverse World. 5. White Privilege Under Pressure. 6. Features of Cultural Difference. Part Three: Making Personal and Societal Changes. 7. How Can We Connect White Privilege and Other Forms of Oppression? 8. Towards a Systemic and Participatory Worldview. 9. How to Uncover Your Own Whiteness. 10. Encouraging Societal Changes in White Awareness. 11. Consultancy and Training for White Awareness in Organizations. 12. Reparatory Justice. 13. Where Next for White People? 14. Conclusion: And Now Towards the Needs of the Future.
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Review quote

This book will appeal to those of a critical/radical persuasion but that should not stop all practitioners from heeding its message. * Professional Social Work Magazine * Written in an accessible and engaging style, this book not only charts where white privilege comes from, but also offers possible ways we can start to challenge society's structural inequalities. In doing so, it boldly examines one of the most divisive, yet important and powerful, social constructs of our time: race. -- Sarah Hackett, Reader in Modern European History, Bath Spa University and author of Foreigners, Minorities and Integration: The Muslim Immigrant Experience in Britain and Germany A long awaited and comprehensive resource for all interested in how white people are still benefiting by their privilege and the role that white supremacy plays in our understanding of this. It is an unusual book as Judy is herself white. Essential reading if you identify as white and if you don't. -- Rotimi Akinsete, therapeutic counsellor, clinical supervisor, Director of Wellbeing at the University of Surrey and founder and director of Black Men on the Couch, focussing on psychotherapy and identity politics of African and Caribbean men and boys. In this book Judy Ryde makes an impassioned and well-argued contribution to the ever-growing body of work on whiteness which is designed to challenge what people who are read as racially white think about themselves. Building on her earlier contribution rooted in her work in caring professions and particularly psychotherapy, this new work takes a broader stance to consider the social damage wreaked by socially constructed racial hierarchy where whiteness is positioned at the pinnacle.

Anyone interested in making reparation for the privileges and wages of whiteness should read this book. -- Dr Shona Hunter, reader in Race Education and Decoloniality at Leeds Beckett University, and author of Power Politics and the Emotions: Impossible Governance
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About Judy Ryde

Judy Ryde is a psychotherapist who works with refugees and asylum seekers and is the director for Trauma Foundation South West (TFSW). She has worked for nearly thirty years with the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC) and the Centre of Supervision and Team Development Bath for twenty years.
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