Displacing Whiteness: Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism / Edition 1

Displacing Whiteness: Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism / Edition 1

by Ruth Frankenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822320215

ISBN-13: 9780822320210

Pub. Date: 09/22/1997

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Approaching whiteness as a plural rather than singular concept, the essays describe, for instance, African American, Chicana/o, European American, and British experiences of whiteness. The contributors offer critical readings of theory, literature, film, and popular culture; ethnographic analyses; explorations of identity formation; and examinations of racism and…  See more details below

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Approaching whiteness as a plural rather than singular concept, the essays describe, for instance, African American, Chicana/o, European American, and British experiences of whiteness. The contributors offer critical readings of theory, literature, film, and popular culture; ethnographic analyses; explorations of identity formation; and examinations of racism and political process. Essays examine the alarming epidemic of angry white men on both sides of the Atlantic; far-right electoral politics in the UK; underclass white people in Detroit; whiteness in "brownface" in the film Gandhi; the engendering of whiteness in Chicana/o movement discourses; "whiteface" literature; Roland Barthes as a critic of white consciousness; whiteness in the black imagination; the inclusion and exclusion of suburban "brown-skinned white girls"; and the slippery relationships between culture, race, and nation in the history of whiteness. Displacing Whiteness breaks new ground by specifying how whiteness lived, engaged, appropriated, and theorized in a range of geographical locations and historical moments, representing a necessary advance in analytical thinking surrounding the burgeoning study of race and culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822320210
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
09/22/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Local Whitenesses, Localizing Whiteness1
Fictions of Whiteness: Speaking the Names of Whiteness in U.S. Literature35
Rereading Gandhi60
Theorizing White Consciousness for a Post-Empire World: Barthes, Fanon, and the Rhetoric of Love86
On the Social Construction of Whiteness within Selected Chicana/o Discourses107
Representing Whiteness in the Black Imagination165
Locating White Detroit180
Brown-Skinned White Girls: Class, Culture, and the Construction of White Identity in Suburban Communities214
Laboring under Whiteness244
Island Racism: Gender, Place, and White Power283
Minstrel Shows, Affirmative Action Talk, and Angry White Men: Marking Racial Otherness in the 1990s311
Bibliography333
Contributors349
Index351

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