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Dr Vron Ware

Dr Vron Ware

Senior Research Fellow



Research Fellow, Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change (CRESC) and Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG), The Open University, UK. Department of Sociology.

Research interests

Lifelong interests in questions of racism and gender, whiteness, British national identity, feminism and the far right continue to animate my writing and research, frequently in dialogue with colleagues outside the UK. My work falls broadly within four overlapping areas:

  • Racism, historical memories of colonialism, multiculturalism, national identity
  • War and militarisation
  • Gender relations and feminism in the Muslim-majority world
  • geographies of life-writing, landscape, place, social ecology, urban/rural divide, Englishness

My most recent book investigates the recruitment of Britain's Commonwealth soldiers and the British Army's attempts to deal with equality and diversity issues. (http:/ My current research is concerned with the changing place of military institutions in UK society as a result of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

CRESC/CCIG support a network (Soldiers, Citizens and Security) that explores the links between national identity and the Armed Forces in different national contexts.

Recent publications

A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Authored books

2012. Military Migrants. Fighting for YOUR Country. Palgrave Macmillan. (325pp.) ISBN 978-1-137-01002-5 . 

2007. Who cares About Britishness? A global view of the national identity debate. Arcadia. (230pp.) ISBN 1-905147-58-9.

With Les Back. 2002. Out of Whiteness: Color, Politics, & Culture. University of Chicago Press. (315pp.) 50%. ISBN 0-226-87341-2.

1992. Beyond The Pale: White Women, Racism & History. Verso. (256pp.) ISBN 0 86091 336 8.

Edited books

2004. Branquidade: Identidade Branca e Multiculturalismo (Whiteness: White Identity and Multiculturalism) Garamond, Rio de Janeiro, 2004. (edited collection translated into Portuguese: 386pp.) ISBN 85-7617-035-3

Soldiers, citizenship, nationalism and militarism

'Can you have Muslim soldiers? Diversity as a martial value' in The State of Race. Nisha Kapoor, James Rhodes & Virinder S. Kalra (eds.) Palgrave. (forthcoming 2013)

'"Johnny Gurkha loves a party": The colonial film archive and the racial imaginary of the worker-warrior' in Film and the End of Empire ed. Lee Grieveson and Colin McCabe, British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. pp. 119-134. ISBN 978–1–84457–423–0 (pb).

'Whiteness in the Glare of War: soldiers, migrants and citizenship' Ethnicities, 2010 (Vol 10. 32.) 313-330.

'Lives on the Line' Soundings, Issue 45, summer 2010. 147-158 (republished in Eurozine, (28.09.10).

'Why Critical Whiteness Studies Needs to Think about Warfare' Sociologisk Forskning årgång 46, nr 3, 2009. Pp. 55-62.

Racism, national identity, whiteness, Britishness, Englishness

'White Resentment: The Other Side of Belonging' in Europe in Black and White: Immigration, Race, and Identity in the 'Old Continent'. Sanches, Clara, Duarte & Martins (eds). Intellect, pp. 155-172. ISBN 978-1-84150-357-8.

'The Ins and Out of Ango-Saxonism: the future of white decline' in Breaking up Britain: Four Nations after a Union ed. Mark Perryman, Lawrence & Wishart, London, 2009. ISBN 9781905007967. Pp133-149.

'The White Fear Factor' in Terror and the Postcolonial eds. Elleke Boehmer and Stephen Morton. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4051-9154-8. Pp. 99-112.

'Towards a Sociology of Resentment' Sociological Research Online, Volume 13, Issue 5, September 2008, ISSN: 1360-7804.

'Looking for Whiteness in the War on Terror' Special issue 'White Matters: Il Bianco in Questione' ed. Susan Petrilli. Athanor n. 10, 2006-7, pp. 99-108.

Gender, feminism, racism, intersectionality

'Thin Ice: postcoloniality and sexuality in the politics of citizenship and military service' in Sandra Ponzanesi (ed) Gender, Globalisation and Violence: Postcolonial Conflict Zones. Routledge (forthcoming 2013).

'Reading Between the Lines: Sexual Politics and Publishing in the Age of Public Diplomacy' in Arab Feminism: A Critical View. Jean Said Makdisi, Rafif Rida Sadawi, Nuha Mayumi (eds.) Center for Arabic Unity Studies, 2012. pp. 453-467. ISBN 978-9953-82-523-6 (in Arabic).

'The New Literary Front: Public Diplomacy and the Cultural Politics of Reading Arabic Fiction in Translation' New Formations, 2011. 73. 100-121.

'Info-War and the Politics of Feminist Curiosity: Exploring New Frameworks for Feminist Intercultural Studies'. Cultural Studies 2006 No. 20:6.

Life Writing

'Cheap Chickens and Ethical Eggs: the place of an English village in the world' in Writing Otherwise: Experimentation in Social and Cultural Theory. Jackie Stacey and Janet Wolff (eds.) University of Manchester Press. (forthcoming 2013).

'"A Thinning of Skin": writing on and against whiteness'. Life Writing. In production for August 2013.

'The Space of a Movement: Writing on and against racism' in Handbook of Feminist Theory. Ania Plomien, Clare Hemmings, Marsha Henry, Mary Evans, Sadie Wearing & Sumi Madhok (eds.) Sage. (forthcoming 2013).


Bolette. B. Blaagaard, 'Workings with whiteness: interview with Vron Ware in 'Postcolonial Europe: Transcultural and Multidisciplinary Perspectives.' Social Identities, vol. 17. n.1, 2011. 153-161.

CRESC working papers

2012. 'Thin Ice: postcoloniality and sexuality in the politics of citizenship and military service', CRESC Working Paper 113.

2012, 'Can you have Muslim soldiers? Diversity as a martial value', CRESC Working Paper 112.

2010. 'The New Literary Front: Public Diplomacy and the Cultural Politics of Reading Arabic Fiction in Translation', CRESC Working Paper 85.


Up in Arms: bi-monthly column on militarization research in openDemocracy (started October 2012). Visit my openDemocracy page for a full list of articles

'The Production of Knowledge on Women, Gender, and Islamic Cultures in the Field of Public Diplomacy.' Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures, EWIC On-line edition. BRILL, 2009.


1989 Hilda at Darjeeling - TV documentary for Channel Four (co-directed and co-written with Mandy Rose) Critical reflections on the experiences of British women in colonial India, screened in February 1989.

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Last updated: 1 March 2013