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The Production of Whiteness in Education: Asian International Students in a College Classroom

by Robin J. DiAngelo - 2006

This study uses a poststructural analysis to explicate the social production of Whiteness in a college classroom. Whiteness scholars define Whiteness as reference to a set of locations that are historically, socially, politically, and culturally produced, and intrinsically linked to relations of domination. Using this framework of social production, I analyze a graduate-level college classroom for evidence of Whiteness. More than 50% of the class members were Asian international students. I suggest that Whiteness was operating on multiple levels, which I categorize as: Whiteness as Domination; Resources and the Production of the Other; and the Discourse of Cultural Preference. I argue that Whiteness not only served to deny Asian international students and other students of color an equal opportunity to learn in that classroom, but most pointedly, Whiteness also served to elevate the White students by positioning the students of color as their audience.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 10, 2006, p. 1960-1982
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12719, Date Accessed: 1/16/2021 10:04:53 AM

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  • Robin DiAngelo
    University of Washington
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    ROBIN DIANGELO is an adjunct faculty member in the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington in Seattle. She also serves as a lead consultant for the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative. Her research interests are in how Whiteness is discursively reproduced. Recent publications include, “I’m Leaving!”: White Fragility in Racial Dialogue,” “My Feelings Are Not About You”: Personal Experience as a Move of Whiteness,” and “My Race Didn’t Trump My Class: Using Oppression to Face Privilege.”
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