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Relating Worlds of Racism

Dehumanisation, Belonging, and the Normativity of European Whiteness

  • Philomena Essed
  • Karen Farquharson
  • Kathryn Pillay
  • Elisa Joy White


  • Provides an opportunity for scholars and students to expeditiously examine the related phenomena and patterns that facilitate racism across global communities

  • Includes fresh interpretations and analyses of the urgent global conditions of racism, devalued citizenship, and human rights infractions

  • Contains chapters from a varied mix of well-established authors and new voices with original ideas.


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Racism and the Normativity of European Whiteness

  3. Racism and the Dehumanisation of the Imagined Black

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 437-463

About this book


This international edited collection examines how racism trajectories and manifestations in different locations relate and influence each other. The book unmasks and foregrounds the ways in which notions of European Whiteness have found form in a variety of global contexts that continue to sustain racism as an operational norm resulting in exclusion, violence, human rights violations, isolation and limited full citizenship for individuals who are not racialised as White. 

The chapters in this book specifically implicate European Whiteness – whether attempting to reflect, negate, or obtain it – in social structures that facilitate and normalise racism. The authors interrogate the dehumanisation of Blackness, arguing that dehumanisation enables the continuation of racism in White dominated societies. As such, the book explores instances of dehumanisation across different contexts, highlighting that although the forms may be locally specific, the outcomes are continually negative for those racialised as Black. 

The volume is refreshingly extensive in its analyses of racism beyond Europe and the United States, including contributions from Africa, South America and Australia, and illuminates previously unexplored manifestations of racism across the globe. 


populism immigration Blackness social hierarchies Afrophobia Post-colonialism

Editors and affiliations

  • Philomena Essed
    • 1
  • Karen Farquharson
    • 2
  • Kathryn Pillay
    • 3
  • Elisa Joy White
    • 4
  1. 1.Antioch UniversityYellow Springs, OHUSA
  2. 2.School of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  3. 3.School of Social SciencesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa
  4. 4.Department of African American and African StudiesUniversity of California at DavisDavis, CAUSA

About the editors

Philomena Essed is Professor of Critical Race, Gender and Leadership Studies for Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change

Karen Farquharson is Professor of Sociology and Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne

Kathryn Pillay is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

Elisa Joy White is Associate Professor of African American and African Studies at University of California at Davis

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Relating Worlds of Racism
  • Book Subtitle Dehumanisation, Belonging, and the Normativity of European Whiteness
  • Editors Philomena Essed
    Karen Farquharson
    Kathryn Pillay
    Elisa Joy White
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-78989-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07697-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-78990-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 463
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Racism
    Social Structure, Social Inequality
    Sociology of Culture
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