Social inquiry research taking on society’s contested issues presents a specific set of challenges. When that issue is socially constructed racism, and has become all pervasive, the further challenge is how to address a system of control in whichwe are ourselves complicit.
In doing such research the challenge is made more complex. How do you make having the attributes of maleness, paleness and staleness an benefit? If I didn’t already have enough privileges. Such positionality reproduces a demanding role for reflexive behaviours. The constant questioning of am I thinking whitely, and how is it influencing my decision making, pervade my every action. Or at least that is my aim. It does not always go to plan.