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Whitewashed: America's Invisible Middle Eastern Minority

Whitewashed: America's Invisible Middle Eastern Minority

by John Tehranian


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900814782735
Publisher: Ingram Publisher Services
Publication date: 04/02/2010
Series: Critical America Series
Edition description: NE
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Tehranian is currently Professor at Chapman University School of Law in Orange County, California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: The Price of the Ticket 1

1 Constructing Caucasians: A Brief History of Whiteness 13

2 Performing Whiteness: Law, Dramaturgy, and the Paradox of Middle Eastern Racial Classification 35

3 From Friendly Foreigner to Enemy Race: Selective Racialization, Covering, and the Negotiation of Middle Eastern American Identity 64

4 The Last Minstrel Show? Middle Easterners in Media 90

5 Threat Level Orange: The War on Terrorism and the Assault on Middle Eastern Civil Rights 114

6 Lifting the Veil: Thinking about Reform 165

Conclusion 183

Notes 185

Index 227

About the Author 247

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“This book is a compelling study of one of the critical issues of our time: the debate regarding issues of assimilation, immigration, and national identity. . .a well-written and extremely readable book suited to general readers as well as faculty and researchers.”


“Tehranian has written a compelling account of discrimination against those of Middle Eastern descent. His book is an important addition to the literature on race in America and could not be more timely.”
-Erwin Chemerinsky,Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, School of Law

“A refreshing analysis and accessible account of the contradictory classification of Middle Eastern Americans as whites in the early 1900s and as non-whites a century later.”
-Mehdi Bozorgmehr,co-author of Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond

“A learned, witty, and analytically biting analysis of race politics and race jurisprudence. A brilliant case that race is understood through performance and is hostage to the politics of fear. Tehranian’s legal and intellectual thriller is hard to put down.”
-James C. Scott,Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology, Yale University

“Tehranian chronicles how American law constructed Whiteness, how Middle Eastern immigrants struggled to assimilate, and documents how this officially White population does not share in the bounty of White privilege.”

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