Shades of Whiteness

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Shades of Whiteness


Edited by Ewan Kirkland

Year: 2016

Format: eBook (PDF)

This collection examines the varying constructions of whiteness across different historical periods, cultures, and nation states, illustrate the variability of white identity as a racial construct.

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This collection examines the varying constructions of racial whiteness across different historical periods, cultures, and nation states. Discussions are included of whiteness as depicted in cinema, literature, comic books, the internet, photography, and popular television, drawing on perspectives and disciplines such as history, sociology, the law, feminism, discourse analysis and cultural studies. The formation of whiteness is considered across many national contexts, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Sweden, South Africa and Ireland. The intention of the collection is to illustrate the variability of whiteness as a racial construct; the ways in which whiteness is complicated and fragmented by other qualities such as country of origin, religion, language, age and appearance; the extent to which whiteness comes to be located in non-physical qualities, such as education, ethnicity, class, lifestyle, and behaviour, and the extent to which whiteness establishes and maintains its own internal hierarchies.

Ewan Kirkland

Part I Representations of Whiteness

‘A terrible familiarity’: Gravity’s Rainbow, Spies and Circumventing the Terror of Whiteness
Kyle Smith

White Privilege and Desire in the ‘Paradise Trilogy’
Mai-Anh Boger and Vildan Aytekin

The White-Washing of Black Characters in Comic Book and Supernatural Films
William M. Jones, Jr.

Part II Histories of Whiteness

Inside the Italian Empire: Colonial Africa, Race Wars, and the ‘Southern Question’
Christopher A. Shinn

The Construction of Whiteness in the Work of The Swedish State Institute for Race Biology
Ulrika Kjellman and Christer Eld

Poor Whites: A Threat, Challenge and Embarrassment to South African Formations of White Identity
Thandiwe Ntshinga

Part III Structures of White Privilege

The Invisibility of Whiteness in the White Feminist Imagination
Rakhi Ruparelia

Challenging Swedish Exceptionalism and White Privilege: Media Discourses on Rummet
Sarah Philipson, Malin Holm and Suruchi Thapar-Björkert

Part IV Contemporary Shades of Whiteness

The Myth of the White Minority
Andrew J. Pierce

Travelling through Shades of Whiteness: Irish Travellers as Inferior Whites
Michal Wolniak

Ewan Kirkland teaches Film & Screen Studies at the University of Brighton. Since co-founding the Images of Whiteness conference series, he has published on the representation of whiteness in crime drama, gothic television, and fantasy cinema. Research interests also include survival horror videogames, science fiction, and children’s literature, film and television.