Title

Problematising the discourses of the dominant: whiteness and reconciliation

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Faculty

Education and Arts

School

International, Cultural and Community Studies

RAS ID

4702

Comments

This article was originally published as: Green, M. J., & Sonn, C. C. (2006). Problematising the discourses of the dominant: Whiteness and reconciliation. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 16(5), 379-395. Original available here

Abstract

This article investigates how unacknowledged power can affect the political actions of those in the dominant group, in this case white Australians. To do this we identify connections between the discourses used by white Australians involved in Reconciliation, the power and privilege of whiteness in Australia, and participants' understandings and actions towards Reconciliation. Using discourse analysis four discourses were identified from interviews and focus groups with white Australians involved in Reconciliation. These were labelled ‘indigenous project’, ‘institutional change’, ‘challenging racism’, and ‘bringing them together’.We argue that understanding the power relations that underlie the political actions of those in dominant positions is critical to ensuring the goals of anti-racism are achieved. Discourse analysis may allow us to gain a deeper understanding of the power and the potential impacts that may flow from particular positions and how power may be made more visible to the dominant group.

DOI

10.1002/casp.882

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1002/casp.882