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ERIC Number: EJ1018042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
But We're Not Laughing: White Male College Students' Racial Joking and What This Says about "Post-Racial" Discourse
Cabrera, Nolan L.
Journal of College Student Development, v55 n1 p1-15 Jan 2014
This study critically analyzes White male college student narratives regarding racial joking. Through semi-structured interviews, 29 participants described a pattern of behavior and rationalization: they heard and told racist jokes frequently; the jokes were framed as not racist; and the jokes were told only among White people, because the participants viewed minorities as overly sensitive. These students were far from post-racial (i.e., in a state where race no longer matters), despite the prevalence of this discourse, and this highlighted a shared responsibility in the perpetuation of racist practices among joke tellers, listeners, and institutions of higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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