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Recent work by sport studies scholars has argued for a move toward a cultural sport psychology (Schinke & Hanrahan, 2009). One aspect of cultural sport psychology is a vigorous engagement with issues such as identity politics and the importance of racialized identities. In addition, a cultural sport psychology also advocates the use of what Ryba and Schinke (this issue) call "decolonizing methodologies." In this paper, I revisit the issue of whiteness in sport psychology and critique my earlier, overly optimistic, assessment of future confrontations with white racial identity and privilege in the field (Butryn, 2002). In addition to theoretical and empirical work in critical race studies and whiteness studies and its application to sport contexts, I draw from and present several brief reflexive autoethnographic vignettes that illustrate moments of tension in my own negotiation of issues related to whiteness and privilege as an early career academic teaching and doing research in sport psychology and sport sociology within a department of kinesiology. I conclude with an attempt to tie these narratives to larger issues of pedagogy and possibilities as they relate to an active, progressive, anti-racist mode of addressing whiteness and sport psychology. Over the past decade, the interdisciplinary scholarship on whiteness studies has grown significantly. As opposed to the problematic practice of examining the experiences of minority groups, or the "racial other," from a supposedly "neutral," color-blind perspective, whiteness studies "reverse the traditional focus of research on race relations by concentrating attention on the socially constructed nature of white identity and the impact of whiteness on intergroup relations" (Doane, 2003, p. 3). Whiteness studies, then, acknowledge that what we mean by "white" is contingent on sociohistorical and political contexts and recognize the need to "mark" whiteness as an "organizing principle in social and cultural relations" (Lipsitz, 1998, p. 1).

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