Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Racialization and Deracialization

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_258


Racialization and deracialization are two concepts that are frequently associated with the contemporary intellectual and research areas of critical race theory and critical race studies. Racialization, in particular, is the process whereby “race” becomes salient as a marker of social difference and integral to relations of power between socially constructed racial categories or groups. Deracialization, on the other hand, extends beyond an understanding of how “race” comes to be socially salient and is an active attempt to eradicate its use as a signifier that hierarchically orders certain social relations (i.e., to actively transcend uneven social relations that are premised on “race” as a created form of difference and to engage with the conditions of possibility or impossibility of disentangling “race” from such social relations in raced social contexts).


Garner (2010, p. 19) suggest that racialization“is based on the idea that the object of study should not...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, University of the WitwatersrandBraamfontein 2000South Africa