Displacing Whiteness: Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism

Displacing Whiteness: Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism

By: Ruth Frankenberg (editor)Paperback

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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, 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, Chela Sandoval, France Winddance Twine, Vron Ware, David Wellman

About Author

Ruth Frankenberg is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of California at Davis and is the author of White Women, Race Matters.

Contents

Introduction: Local Whiteness, Localizing Whiteness / Ruth Frankenberg 1 Fictions of Whiteness: Speaking the Names of Whiteness in U.S. Literature / Rebecca Aanerud 35 Rereading Ghandi / T. Muraleedharan 60 Theorizing White Consciousness for a Post-Empire World: Barthes, Fanon, and the Rhetoric of Love / Chela Sandoval 86 On the Social Construction of Whiteness within Selected Chicana/o Discourse / Angie Chabram-Dernersesian 107 Representing Whiteness in the Black Imagination / bell hooks 165 Locating White Detroit / John Hartigan Jr. 180 Brown-Skinned White Girls: Class, Culture, and the Construction of White Identity in Suburban Communities / France Winddance Twine 214 Laboring under Whiteness / Phil Cohen 244 Island Racism: Gender, Place, and White Power / Vron Ware 283 Minstrel Shows, Affirmative Action Talk, and Angry White Men: Marking Racial Otherness in the 1990s / David Wellman 311 Bibliography 333 Contributors 349 Index 351

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780822320210
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9780822320210
  • ISBN10: 0822320215

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