challenging dominant narratives and social norms
Mindfulness is now established in the West and is found everywhere from boardrooms and bedrooms to schools, prisons, and hospitals. Yet popular mindfulness is infused in whiteness and late capitalism. This book reveals how its easy fit in Western society replicates existing social norms and dominant narratives: an essentially White Mindfulness reflects racialised institutional profiles and a largely White, middle-class audience.
Taking a critical look at this lucrative industry, Disrupting White Mindfulness explores the influences of neoliberalism and postracialism, and the invisible force of whiteness that marginalises and excludes People of the Global Majority from meaningful leadership and decision-making.
Engaging decolonising approaches rooted in embodied justice, Disrupting White Mindfulness offers a path and an invitation for a radically transformed mindfulness, one which embraces solutions built on difference and on indigenous, queer, and global South perspectives.
Dr. Cathy-Mae Karelse (she/her) is a scholar-practitioner, changemaker and public speaker on issues of race, difference and belonging. She received a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2019.
Cathy-Mae is trained in numerous transformation approaches with 20+ years of experience in deep systems change that addresses the underlying social norms and narratives that keep institutionalised discrimination in place. Her work addresses all landscapes: the inner, outer and in-between. Cathy-Mae is currently the DEI Lead at The Mindfulness Initiative and holds the position of Systems Change Lead at Resilience Capital Ventures. She works on policy and change programmes globally.
Cathy-Mae is the author of the new book, Disrupting White Mindfulness: Race and Racism in the Wellbeing Industry, published by Manchester University Press. The book reveals how an easy fit in Western society replicates existing social norms and dominant narratives creating an essentially White Mindfulness with largely White, middle-class audiences, teachers and decision-makers.
Engaging with decolonising initiatives rooted in embodied justice, Disrupting White Mindfulness offers a path and an invitation for a radically transformed world that moves away from whiteness to embrace solutions built on difference and on indigenous, queer, and global South perspectives. This emergent world faces the polycrisis using an intersectional lens to strengthen collaboration, community and belonging.
Disrupting White Mindfulness helps individuals and organisations understand what we embody and how we can change our ecosystems and ourselves.
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In a world forged on discrimination, I dive deep to support individuals, teams, organisations and workplaces overcome systemic inequities to thrive.
I turn grand plans for the development of equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging into practical strategies and programmes that deliver results.