Kevin Whitehead holds MA and PhD degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and BSc, BSc (Honours), and MSc degrees from the University of Natal. Prior to joining Wits in 2010, he worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Durban-Westville; California State University, Northridge; and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Kevin's research interests lie at the intersection of social interaction, social categories, and common-sense knowledge. In particular, his research focuses on categorical inequalities (i.e., inequalities associated with social categories), and especially with respect to race and its intersections with other category systems. He is also interested more broadly in interactions and the deployment of common-sense knowledge in organizational/institutional contexts (e.g., therapist-client consultations, medical, media, educational, research, etc. settings). Although he has employed a range of methods (both quantitative and qualitative) in his research, he primarily uses qualitative methods, particularly those directed at examining naturally-occurring interactions and texts (e.g., conversation analysis, discourse analysis).
Kevin has published methodological and empirical research articles in local and international journals including Social Psychology Quarterly, Research on Language and Social Interaction, Discourse & Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Discourse Studies, Journal of Social Philosophy, and South African Review of Sociology. For more information, please see his Google citation profile.
Whitehead, K. A. (2013). Managing Self-Other Relations in Complaint Sequences: The use of Self-Deprecating and Affiliative
Racial Categorizations. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 46(2), 186-203. [Download postprint]
Whitehead, K. A. (2013). Race-Class Intersections as Interactional Resources in Post-Apartheid South Africa. In C. M.
Pascale (Ed.). Inequality and the Politics of Representation: A Global Landscape (pp. 49-63). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
Whitehead, K. A. & Bowman, B. (2012). The professional consequences of political silence. Journal of Social Philosophy, 43(4),
426-435. [Download postprint]
Whitehead, K. A. (2012). Racial Categories as Resources and Constraints in Everyday Interactions: Implications for Racialism
and Non-Racialism in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 35(7), 1248-1265. [Download postprint]
Whitehead, K. A. (2012). Moving Forward by Doing Analysis. Discourse Studies, 14(3), 337-343. [Download pdf]
Whitehead, K. A. (2011). Some Uses of Head Nods in "Third Position" in Talk-in-Interaction. Gesture, 11(2), 103-122. [Download
Whitehead, K. A. (2011). An Ethnomethodological, Conversation Analytic Approach to Investigating Race in South Africa. South
African Review of Sociology, 42(3), 1-22. [Download postprint]
Whitehead, K. A., & Durrheim, K. (2010). Race Trouble in Post-Apartheid South Africa. INKOTA-Brief: Zeitschrift zum Nord-Süd-
Konflikt und zur Konziliaren Bewegung, 151, 21-22.
Whitehead, K. A. (2009). “Categorizing the Categorizer": The Management of Racial Common Sense in Interaction. Social
Psychology Quarterly, 72(4), 325-342. [Download postprint]
Whitehead, K. A., & Lerner, G. H. (2009). When Are Persons "White"? On Some Practical Asymmetries of Racial Reference in
Talk-in-Interaction. Discourse & Society, 20(5), 613-641. [Download pdf]
Whitehead, K. A., Ainsworth, A., Wittig, M. A., & Gudino, B. (2009). Implications of Ethnic Identity Exploration and Ethnic Identity
Affirmation and Belonging for Intergroup Attitudes Among Adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 19(1), 123-135.
Durrheim, K., Quayle, M., Whitehead, K. A., & Kriel, A. J. (2005). Denying Racism: The South African Media’s Response to
Accusations of Racism. Critical Arts, 19, 1-22.
Whitehead, K. A., Kriel, A. J., & Richter, L. M. (2005). Barriers to Conducting a Community Mobilisation Intervention Among
Youth in a Rural South African Community. Journal of Community Psychology, 33(3), 253-259.
Whitehead, K. A., & Wittig, M. A. (2004). Discursive Management of Resistance to a Multicultural Education Programme.
Qualitative Research in Psychology, 1(4), 267-284. [Download postprint]
PSYC7027: Masters Qualitative Methods
PSYC7032: Research in Context
PSYC4073: Everyday Life and Social Interaction