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Working Through Whiteness: International Perspectives


reviewed by Kathy Hytten — 2003

coverTitle: Working Through Whiteness: International Perspectives
Author(s): Cynthia Levine-Rasky (Editor)
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0-7914-5340-5, Pages: 363, Year: 2002
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Over the past decade there has been a proliferation of work in whiteness studies.  In large part this has been a response to the call by scholars of color for whites to locate ourselves as racialized subjects, and to see how our whiteness significantly impacts the way we see the world.  This work in whiteness studies has gone in many different theoretical directions, and spans a variety of disciplines and genres.  Cynthia Levine-Rasky locates her new edited collection, Working Through Whiteness:  International Perspectives within this body of research, offering that all the contributors in her collection share a commitment to “interrogating whiteness as a problematic and complex category that has too long avoided naming itself as [a] powerful participant in an inequitable social order” (p. 13).   While the dimensions of whiteness studies investigated by the authors in this collection significantly overlap, and concurrently reinforce, much of the existing body of whiteness literature, the unique contribution that Levine-Rasky posits are the international contexts, which provide “a useful counterpoint... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 620-625
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11049, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 7:28:21 PM

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  • Kathy Hytten
    Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
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    Kathy Hytten is an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University. She teaches courses in philosophy and sociology of education. Her research interests are in cultural studies, critical pedagogy, education for social justice, and whiteness studies. She recently published “Thinking through a Pedagogy of Whiteness” in Educational Theory (with Amee Adkins), and has a forthcoming article in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (with John Warren) based upon a critical ethnography of the reproduction of whiteness in education, entitled “Engaging Whiteness: How Racial Power Gets Reified in Education.”
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