White Trash: Race and Class in America

White Trash: Race and Class in America

by Annalee Newitz
     
 

Poor or marginal whites occupy an uncharted space in recent identity studies, particularly because they do not easily fit the model of whiteness-as-power proposed by many multiculturalist or minority discourses. Associated in mainstream culture with "trashy" kitsch or dangerous pathologies rather than with the material realities of economic life, poor whites are… See more details below

Overview

Poor or marginal whites occupy an uncharted space in recent identity studies, particularly because they do not easily fit the model of whiteness-as-power proposed by many multiculturalist or minority discourses. Associated in mainstream culture with "trashy" kitsch or dangerous pathologies rather than with the material realities of economic life, poor whites are treated as degraded caricatures rather than as real people living in conditions of poverty and disempowerment. White Trash situates the study of poor whites within the context of several academic disciplines, public-policy analysis, and popular or mass-media representations. Arguing that white racism is directed not only against people of color but also against certain groups of whites, the contributors to this volume explore the ways in which race and class in America are often talked about and represented in hidden, coded, or half-realized ways. In so doing, they demonstrate why the term white trash itself embodies yet another way in which some whites generate a debased "other" through pejorative naming practices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415916929
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/20/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Sunset Trailer Park15
Name Calling: Objectifying "Poor Whites" and "White Trash" in Detroit41
Partners in Crime: African Americans and Non-slaveholding Whites in Antebellum Georgia57
Bloody Footprints: Reflections on Growing Up Poor White73
Crackers and Whackers: The White Trashing of Porn89
White Trash Girl: The Interview113
White Savagery and Humiliation, or A New Racial Consciousness in the Media131
Can Whiteness Speak? Institutional Anomies, Ontological Disasters, and Three Hollywood Films155
Trash-o-nomics177
White Trash Religion193
Telling Stories of "Queer White Trash": Race, Class, and Sexuality in the Work of Dorothy Allison211
Acting Naturally: Cultural Distinction and Critiques of Pure Country231
The King of White Trash Culture: Elvis Presley and the Aesthetics of Excess249
Contributors267
Index270

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