The latest issue of Transforming Anthropology features part one of a two part series which examines the racialized structural inequalities that continue to exist in America. Included within the series are carefully selected articles that explore how racial and class privileges shaped the past, and the lasting effects on the United States’ political and social environment.
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- INTRODUCTION: THE STAKES OF WHITENESS STUDIES Matthew Durington
- WHAT ARE YOU LAUGHING AT? ASSESSING THE “RACIAL” IN U.S. PUBLIC DISCOURSE John Hartigan Jr.
- CIRCUITS AND CONSEQUENCES OF DISPOSSESSION: THE RACIALIZED REALIGNMENT OF THE PUBLIC SPHERE FOR U.S. YOUTH Michelle Fine, Jessica Ruglis
as the following essays demonstrate, a failure to critically engage the so-called unmarked status of whiteness, accepting the ostensible transparency of a privileged “white” positionality, creates even greater problems in terms of the asymmetry of power relations within our discipline, even as it perpetuates methodological blindness in our fieldwork practice. Further, it is imperative that anthropology continue to lead the way to a more complex, nuanced, and culturally situated analysis of racism, in general, and of whiteness (and its slippage into and out of other identificatory trajectories), in particular, because of the relationship between assumptions about whiteness and defenses of racist discourse and practice.
About Transforming Anthropology As the chief publication of the Association of Black Anthropologists, Transforming Anthropology interrogates the contemporary and historical construction of social inequities based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality and other invidious distinctions. Published semiannually, Transforming Anthropology reflects the dynamic, transnational, and contested conditions of the social worlds.