Chandran Nair is the author of Dismantling Global White Privilege: Equity for a Post-Western World (Berrett Koehler Publishers; January 2022).
White privilege damages and distorts societies around the world, not just in the United States. This book exposes its pervasive global reach and creates a new space for discourse on worldwide racial equality. As Chandran Nair shows in this uncompromising new book, a belief in the innate superiority of White people and Western culture, once the driving force behind imperialism, is now woven into the very fabric of globalization. It is so insidious that, as Nair points out, even many non-White people have internalized it, judging themselves by an alien standard. It has no rival in terms of longevity, global reach, harm done, and continuing subversion of other cultures and societies.
Nair takes a comprehensive look at the destructive influence of global White privilege. He examines its impact on geopolitics, the reframing of world history, and international business practices. In the soft-power spheres of White privilege—entertainment, the news media, sports, and fashion—he offers example after example of how White cultural products remain the aspirational standard. Even environmentalism has been corrupted, dominated by a White savior mentality whereby technologies and practices built in the West will save the supposedly underdeveloped, poorly governed, and polluted non-Western world.
ABOUT CHANDRAN NAIR:
Chandran Nair is the founder and CEO of the Global Institute For Tomorrow, an independent pan-Asian think tank. He sits on the Executive Committee of the Club of Rome and was Chairman of the Environmental Resources Management in Asia Pacific until 2004. He is a regular speaker at global events, including the World Economic Forum. He has worked on development and inequality challenges around the world.