Journal Article

‘Amplifying the “White Noise”’: A Response to Dharman Jeyasingham

Paul Michael Garrett

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 42, issue 7, pages 1406-1415
Published in print October 2012 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 2012 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
‘Amplifying the “White Noise”’: A Response to Dharman Jeyasingham

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Dharman Jeyaingham's (2011) contribution purports to provide a ‘critical evaluation’ of social work education's engagement with ‘whiteness studies’. Although seeking to respond to some of the conceptual confusion—the ‘white noise’—within this field, the author makes no attempt to incorporate the literature addressing Irish people in Britain. On account of this lacunae, the article, which aims ostensibly to illuminate the significance of ‘whiteness’ within a more critical and encompassing discourse on ‘race’ and ethnicity, risks reinforcing an inadequate black/white binary approach whilst, seemingly, seeking to dismantle it.

Keywords: ‘Race’; ethnicity; Irish people; children

Journal Article.  3459 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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