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Shades of white, white kids and racial identities in high school, Pamela Perry

Shades of white, white kids and racial identities in high school, Pamela Perry
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-256) and index
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Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Shades of white
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Responsibility statement
Pamela Perry
Sub title
white kids and racial identities in high school
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' candor 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
Table Of Contents
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