Our purpose is to engage performative dialogue incorporative of currere on a central question in critical White studies (CWS). After precautionary notes and positionalities, we frame our dialogue within second-wave CWS. As its main section, six CWS scholars respond to the central question: Doesn’t research on White identities re-center whiteness? Analyzing the scholars’ responses, the performative dialogue is followed by an analytical discussion of CWS’ epistemological, ontological, and axiological convolutions. Via these convolutions, we recognize the impossibilities of facile “White allyship” within antiracist scholarship, curriculum and pedagogy, and related social movements. Instead of White allyship, we propose situated, relational, and process-oriented notions of alliance-oriented antiracist work.
Badenhorst, P., Jupp, J. C., Shim, J. M., Lensmire, T. J., Casey, Z. A., Tanner, S. J., ... & Miller, E. (2022). Doesn't Your Work Just Re-Center Whiteness? The Fallen Impossibilities of White Allyship. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 37(3), 47-71.
Journal of Curriculum Theorizing