Odd Tribes Toward a Cultural Analysis of White People

ISBN-10: 0822335972
ISBN-13: 9780822335979
Edition: 2005
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Description: "Odd Tribes" challenges theories of whiteness and critical race studies by examining the tangles of privilege, debasement, power, and stigma that constitute white identity. Considering the relation of phantasmatic cultural forms such as the racial  More...

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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 11/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

"Odd Tribes" challenges theories of whiteness and critical race studies by examining the tangles of privilege, debasement, power, and stigma that constitute white identity. Considering the relation of phantasmatic cultural forms such as the racial stereotype "white trash" to the actual social conditions of poor whites, John Hartigan Jr. generates new insights into the ways that race, class, and gender are fundamentally interconnected. By tracing the historical interplay of stereotypes, popular cultural representations, and the social sciences' objectifications of poverty, Hartigan demonstrates how constructions of whiteness continually depend on the vigilant maintenance of class and gender decorums. "Odd Tribes" engages debates in history, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies over how race matters. Hartigan tracks the spread of "white trash" from an epithet used only in the South prior to the Civil War to one invoked throughout the country by the early twentieth century. He also recounts how the cultural figure of "white trash" influenced academic and popular writings on the urban poor from the 1880s through the 1990s. Hartigan's critical reading of the historical uses of degrading images of poor whites to ratify lines of color in this country culminates in an analysis of how contemporary performers such as Eminem and Roseanne Barr challenge stereotypical representations of "white trash" by claiming the identity as their own. "Odd Tribes "presents a compelling vision of what cultural studies can be when diverse research methodologies and conceptual frameworks are brought to bear on pressing social issues.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Picturing the Underclass: Myth Making in the Inner City
Blood Will Tell: The Nationalization of White Trash
Unpopular Culture: The Case of White Trash
Reading Trash: Deliverance and the Cultural Poetics of White Trash
Talking Trash: White Poverty and Marked Forms of Whiteness
Green Ghettos and the White Underclass
Establishing the Fact of Whiteness
Locating White Detroit
Object Lessons in Whiteness: Antiracism and the Study of White Folks
Cultural Analysis: The Case of Race
Notes
Reference
Index

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