The Resource Black for a day : white fantasies of race and empathy, Alisha Gaines, (ebook)

Black for a day : white fantasies of race and empathy, Alisha Gaines, (ebook)

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Black for a day : white fantasies of race and empathy
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Black for a day
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white fantasies of race and empathy
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Alisha Gaines
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eng
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In 1948, journalist Ray Sprigle traded his whiteness to live as a black man for four weeks. A little over a decade later, John Howard Griffin famously "became" black as well, traveling the American South in search of a certain kind of racial understanding. Contemporary history is littered with the surprisingly complex stories of white people passing as black, and here Alisha Gaines constructs a unique genealogy of "empathetic racial impersonation--white liberals walking in the fantasy of black skin under the alibi of cross-racial empathy. At the end of their experiments in "blackness," Gaines argues, these debatably well-meaning white impersonators arrived at little more than false consciousness. Complicating the histories of black-to-white passing and blackface minstrelsy, Gaines uses an interdisciplinary approach rooted in literary studies, race theory, and cultural studies to reveal these sometimes maddening, and often absurd, experiments of racial impersonation. By examining this history of modern racial impersonation, Gaines shows that there was, and still is, a faulty cultural logic that places enormous faith in the idea that empathy is all that white Americans need to make a significant difference in how to racially navigate our society
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Midwest
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Gaines, Alisha
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305.800973
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non fiction
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  • United States
  • Passing (Identity)
  • Impersonation
  • Empathy
  • African Americans
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adult
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Black for a day : white fantasies of race and empathy, Alisha Gaines, (ebook)
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1 online resource
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9781469632841
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11869284
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remote
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11869284
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MWT11869284
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Black for a day : white fantasies of race and empathy, Alisha Gaines, (ebook)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781469632841
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11869284
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11869284
System control number
MWT11869284
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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