Raced and risky subjects: the interplay of racial and managerial ideologies as an expression of “colorblind” racism

Agung-Igusti, Rama ORCID: 0000-0002-3375-1279 (2024) Raced and risky subjects: the interplay of racial and managerial ideologies as an expression of “colorblind” racism. American Journal of Community Psychology. ISSN 0091-0562


Contemporary manifestations of race are dynamic and elusive in the forms and shapes they take. “Colourblind” racism is effective at drawing on seemingly objective and race-neutral discourses to obfuscate racialized forms of structural exclusion. Framed by Critical Race Theory and Critical Narrative Analysis this paper presents an example from the Australian context that examines the relationships between a grassroots initiative developed by creatives from the African diaspora and two not-for-profit human services organizations, to illustrate how ideologies of race are enacted and obscured by managerialist ideologies and discourses of risk. Specifically, it shows how harmful dominant cultural narratives of deficit and danger transforms racialized Africans in Australia into “risky subjects.” In a managerialist organization, risk must be controlled, and thus risk becomes the rationality for the control of racialized and risky subjects. Resistance to control by those subjects produces forms of organizational defensiveness that are mobilized through managerialist discourses and practices that work to structurally exclude. These findings illustrate the ways ideologies of race work alongside and through other ideological discourses and practices which render racialized dynamics of oppression race-neutral.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/47670
DOI 10.1002/ajcp.12731
Official URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajcp.1...
Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 5205 Social and personality psychology
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Health and Sport
Keywords “colorblind” racism; discourse; ideology; managerialism; narrative; risk
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