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Critical Consciousness or Whiteness as Usual? White Identity Through the Lens of Interracial Intimacy

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Focusing on intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, this paper investigates how interracial intimacy may function as a micro-level political site where White partners reexamine their own racialization and interrogate the meaning of a White racial identity. This article fills a gap in the literature on race and Whiteness by analyzing gay, lesbian, and heterosexual interracial narratives. Drawing on 80 in-depth interviews with 40 Black/White couples from the eastern United States, I examine the identity work that White partners use to deflect interracial stigmas and consider how White partners interpret their racial identity vis-à-vis interracial intimacy. I outline a continuum of White identities—from those who develop a critical racial consciousness, or “racial literacy,” to those whose experience of Whiteness is unchanged. While previous studies have focused exclusively on White who develop a critical racial consciousness, this paper shows that many partners maintain a sense of privilege unaltered by interraciality.

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Steinbugler, Amy. "Critical Consciousness or Whiteness as Usual? White Identity Through the Lens of Interracial Intimacy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Aug 08, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p308799_index.html>

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Steinbugler, A. C. , 2009-08-08 "Critical Consciousness or Whiteness as Usual? White Identity Through the Lens of Interracial Intimacy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p308799_index.html

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Abstract: Focusing on intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, this paper investigates how interracial intimacy may function as a micro-level political site where White partners reexamine their own racialization and interrogate the meaning of a White racial identity. This article fills a gap in the literature on race and Whiteness by analyzing gay, lesbian, and heterosexual interracial narratives. Drawing on 80 in-depth interviews with 40 Black/White couples from the eastern United States, I examine the identity work that White partners use to deflect interracial stigmas and consider how White partners interpret their racial identity vis-à-vis interracial intimacy. I outline a continuum of White identities—from those who develop a critical racial consciousness, or “racial literacy,” to those whose experience of Whiteness is unchanged. While previous studies have focused exclusively on White who develop a critical racial consciousness, this paper shows that many partners maintain a sense of privilege unaltered by interraciality.


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