Displacing Whiteness: Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism

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Ruth Frankenberg
Duke University Press, 22.09.1997 - 360 Seiten
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, 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

 

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Local Whitenesses Localizing Whiteness
1
Speaking the Names of Whiteness in US Literature
35
Rereading Gandhi
60
Barthes Fanon and the Rhetoric of Love
86
On the Social Construction of Whiteness within Selected Chicanao Discourses
107
Representing Whiteness in the Black Imagination
165
Locating White Detroit
180
Class Culture and the Construction of White Identity in Suburban Communities
214
Laboring under Whiteness
244
Gender Place and White Power
283
Marking Racial Otherness in the 1990s
311
Bibliography
333
Contributors
349
Index
351
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Ruth Frankenberg is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of California at Davis and is the author of White Women, Race Matters.

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