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ERIC Number: EJ861493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1057-0314
"I Am Also in the Position to Use My Whiteness to Help Them Out": The Communication of Whiteness in Service Learning
Endres, Danielle; Gould, Mary
Western Journal of Communication, v73 n4 p418-436 Oct 2009
In this essay, we examine the relationship between Whiteness theory and service learning, specifically through an examination of an intercultural communication course we taught. In our analysis of student-written assignments, we reveal how service learning provides a context for students to rehearse and affirm White privilege, despite the fact that they have been exposed to critical theories of Whiteness before engaging in service learning projects. Specifically, we identify and examine two rhetorical strategies that perpetuate White privilege in the context of service learning: (1) the conflation of being White with Whiteness, and (2) using White privilege for charity. Our analysis contributes a significant critique of the use of service learning in communication courses. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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