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Displacing Whiteness: Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism

Ruth Frankenberg

Published September 22nd 1997
ISBN : 9780822320111
Hardcover
368 pages
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Displacing Whiteness makes a unique contribution to the study of race dominance. Its theoretical innovations in the analysis of whiteness are integrated with careful, substantive explorations of whiteness on an international, multiracial,MoreDisplacing Whiteness makes a unique contribution to the study of race dominance. Its theoretical innovations in the analysis of whiteness are integrated with careful, substantive explorations of whiteness on an international, multiracial, cross-class, and gendered terrain. Contributors localize whiteness, as well as explore its sociological, anthropological, literary, and political dimensions.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 is 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.Contributors. Rebecca Aanerud, Angie Chabram-Dernersesian, Phil Cohen, Ruth Frankenberg, John Hartigan Jr., bell hooks, T. Muraleedharan, Chéla Sandoval, France Winddance Twine, Vron Ware, David Wellman