Shades of White White Kids and Racial Identities in High School

ISBN-10: 0822328925

ISBN-13: 9780822328926

Edition: 2002

Authors: Pamela Perry
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Description: What does it mean to be young, American, and white at the dawn of the twenty-first century? By exploring this question and revealing the everyday social processes by which high school students define white identities, Pamela Perry offers much-needed insights into the social construction of race and whiteness among youth.Through ethnographic research and in-depth interviews of students in two demographically distinct U.S. high schools-one suburban and predominantly white; the other urban, multiracial, and minority white-Perry shares students' candour about race and self-identification. By examining the meanings students attached (or didn't attach) to their social lives and everyday cultural practices, including their taste in music and clothes, she shows that the ways white students defined white identity were not only markedly different between the two schools but were considerably diverse and ambiguous within them as well. Challenging reductionist notions of whiteness and white racism, this study suggests how we might go "beyond whiteness" to new directions in antiracist activism and school reform.Shades of White is emblematic of an emerging second wave of whiteness studies that focuses on the racial identity of whites. It will appeal to scholars and students of anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies, as well as to those involved with high school education and antiracist activities.

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 2/14/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
School Life and Social Meanings
Valley Groves: "Normal, I'd say I'm just... normal."
Clavey High: "There aren't enough white kids here to have many skaters."
Identity and Culture
Situated Meanings of "White" as a Cultural Identity
Doing Identity in Style
Identity and Group Position
The Million Man March
The Social Implications of White Identity
Conclusion: Beyond Whiteness
Appendix: Methods and Reflections
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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