ERIC Number: EJ1066960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Whither the White Working Class? A Comment on Khanna and Harris, "Discovering Race in a 'Post-Racial' World: Teaching Race through Primetime Television"
Teaching Sociology, v43 n3 p236-241 Jul 2015
Even though I recognize the value of using the mass media to teach sociological concepts and reveal racial biases, I caution against the use of classroom exercises that are developed solely in the context of whiteness studies. Overarching statements of white privilege mask complex race-class interactions generally and the mass media's stereotypical depictions of the white working class specifically. In this "conversation," I explain why the use of the concept white privilege in and of itself obfuscates more than it reveals complex race-class interactions today.
Descriptors: Whites, Mass Media Use, Stereotypes, Working Class, Racial Relations, Sociology, Racial Bias, Television, Instruction
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