Racism in the “colony”: Towards appreciating race fluidity and racialization in social psychology of racism

Rahul Sambaraju*

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Abstract / Description of output

Race is a significant means through which individuals and groups relate to each other. A problematic instance of its significance is colonialism and all the destruction it brought with it. In this paper, I explore how knowledge about race and racism from settings that were erstwhile colonized can enrich current understandings and approaches to studying race and racism in social psychology. I advance the possibility of mutual learning and sharing of theoretical and methodological practices for researchers who examine race and racism in colonizing or settler-colonial settings and those in erstwhile colonized settings. I do so by first, locating the centrality of Whiteness for the very development of race categories and the shaping of psychology as a discipline. Second, I discuss how race and racism are examined in (primarily) Euro-American contexts, with a focus on engagement with Whiteness by Critical Race Psychologists and social constructionist researchers. Third, I outline alternative ways of engaging with race and race categories identified in erstwhile colonized places. I end with how this latter informs our understandings of race and racism, and possibilities for mutual learning.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12949
Number of pages15
JournalSocial and Personality Psychology Compass
Issue number3
Early online date15 Mar 2024
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • colonialism
  • global south
  • race
  • race fluidity
  • racialization
  • racism
  • social psychology


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