Whiteness: The Communication of Social Identity

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This collection of outstanding essays employs a range of approaches to understanding 'whiteness' as a communication phenomenon. Contributors use analyses of media representations, social scientific data results, poststructuralist theoretical discussions and postcolonial critiques of whiteness. The editors conclude by summarizing not only specific claims about whiteness identity, but about how multimethodological approaches to communication offer new ways of considering research.

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Editorial Reviews

Jennifer L. Eichstedt
". . .encourages the reader to consider different definitions of whiteness. . .a worthwhile addition to the literature on communication."
Jennifer L. Eichstedt

". . .encourages the reader to consider different definitions of whiteness. . .a worthwhile addition to the literature on communication."

Contributors use analyses of media representations, social scientific data, poststructuralist theoretical discussions, and post-colonial critiques of whiteness to understand whiteness as a communication phenomenon. Also included are discussions of some of the ways whiteness is enacted through commemorations, white antiracist rhetoric, pedagogy, and personal narratives that highlight the cultural politics of whiteness. The concluding paper discusses claims about white identity and about the ways multi-methological approaches to communication offer new insights into research. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761908623
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/3/1998
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - Thomas K Nakayama and Judith N Martin
Whiteness as the Communication of Social Identity
Reflections on Critical White(ness) Studies - Parker C Johnson
Whiteness and Beyond - Philip C Wander, Judith Martin and Thomas Nakayama
Sociohistorical Foundations of Whiteness and Contemporary Challenges
What Do White People Want to Be Called? A Study of Self-Labels for White Americans - Judith N Martin et al
White Anti-Racist Rhetoric as Apologia - Debian Marty
Wendell Berry's The Hidden Wound
We Celebrate 100 years - Christina W Stage
An 'Indigenous' Analysis of the Metaphors that Shape the Cultural Identity of Small Town, USA
Whiteness as a Strategic Rhetoric - Thomas K Nakayama and Robert L Krizek
Whiteness and the Politics of Location - Raka Shome
Postcolonial Reflections
White Difference - K E Supriya
Cultural Constructions of White Identity
Strategic Whiteness as Cinematic Racial Politics - Sarah Projansky and Kent A Ono
White Enculturation and Bourgeois Ideology - Dreama Moon
The Discursive Production of 'Good (White) Girls'
The Dynamic Construction of White Ethnicity in the Context of Transnational Cultural Formations - Jolanta A Drzewiecka and Kathleen Wong (Lau)
In the Shadow of Whiteness - Kevin De Luca
The Consequences of Constructions of Nature in Environmental Politics
Provincializing Whiteness - Priya Kapoor
Deconstructing Discourse(s) on International Progress
White Identity in Context - Melissa Steyn
A Personal Narrative
One Whiteness Veils Three Uglinesses - Wen shu Lee
From Border-Crossing to a Womanist Interrogation of Gendered Colorism

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