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White Reign: Deploying Whiteness in Americaby Joe L. Kincheloe
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What does it mean to be white in today's society? Is whiteness an ethnicity? White Reign tackles questions like these by examining whiteness as a cultural concept that our society has created and exposing systems that teach us how we think about race. Whiteness permeates every aspect of our society and commands a role in almost every social issue from intelligence testing to affirmative action. The impressive scholars in this collection show us how whiteness is learned and deployed via a variety of social forces, including schools, media, and even cyberspace. By looking at the ideas behind concepts like reverse racism and white privilege, White Reign can help the reader decipher the hidden message of what being white means in our race-conscious society. These essays examine the construction of white identity and the possibility of reshaping whiteness in a progressive, non-racist manner, presenting a culture of whiteness that can be employed by educators, parents, and citizens concerned with racial justice
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Ironically dedicated to several key US conservatives, 16 recent studies examine the social construction of white identity (ethnicity?) and how to pedagogically frame "whiteness" in a nonracist manner. The editors are professors of education. First published in 1998.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Joining the heated debate over race and identity, White Reign asks what it means to be white in todays race-conscious society.
What does it mean to be white in today's society? Is whiteness an ethnicity? White Reign tackles questions like these by examining whiteness as a cultural concept that our society has created and exposing the systems that teach us how we think about race, including schools, media, and even cyberspace. These essays examine the construction of white identity and the possibility of reshaping whiteness in a progressive, nonracist manner, presenting a culture of whiteness that can be employed by educators, parents, and citizens concerned with racial justice.
About the Author
Joe L. Koncheloe teaches at Brooklyn College and Penn State University and Shirley R. Steinberg teaches at Adelphi University. They are co-editors of Measured Lies. Nelson M. Rpdriguez teaches at Ohio University and Ronald E. Chennault teaches at DePaul University.
Table of Contents
Foreword--Michael Apple * I: Theory and Pedagogy * Addressing the Crisis of Whiteness--Joe L. Kincheloe and Shirley R. Steinberg * Emptying the Content of Whiteness--Nelson M. Rodriguez * Whiteness Is . . . The Struggle for Postcolonial Hybridity--Peter McLaren * Is the Benign Really Harmless?--Frances V. Rains * Americas Racial Unconscious--Monica Beatriz deMello Patterson * Youth, Memory-Work, and the Radical Politics of Whiteness--Henry A. Giroux * "They Got the Paradigm and Painted it White"--Frances Maher and Mary Kay Thompson Tetreault * Educating the White Teacher as Ally--Connie Titone * Perspectives of the Curriculum of Whiteness--Ladislaus Semali * II: Culture and Pedagogy * Developing a Media Literacy of Whiteness in Advertising--Daniel R. Nicholson * Whitewashing "The Strip"--Barbara G. Brents and Melissa J. Monson * Okie Narratives--Clinton B. Allison * Once Upon a Time When We Were White--Karen Anijar * Computer-Assisted Racism--Vicki K. Carter * The Learning Organization--Sharon L. Howell * Interview with Michael Eric Dyson--Ronald E. Chennault * Afterword--Cameron McCarthy
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