Calling Cards: Theory and Practice in the Study of Race, by Jacqueline Jones Royster, Ann Marie Mann Simpkins

By Jacqueline Jones Royster, Ann Marie Mann Simpkins

Explores own matters within the research of race, gender, and culture.

In fresh a long time, the recommendations of race, gender, and tradition have come to operate as "calling cards," the phrases during which we announce ourselves as execs and negotiate popularity and/or rejection within the educational industry. during this quantity, members from composition, literature, rhetoric, literacy, and cultural reports percentage their stories and insights as researchers, students, and academics who centralize those recommendations of their paintings. Reflecting intentionally on their lonesome examine and school room practices, the participants percentage theoretical frameworks, methods, and methodologies; reflect on the standard of the data and the knowledge that their theoretical methods generate; and handle a number of demanding situations with regards to what it truly capacity to accomplish this kind of paintings either professionally and for my part, particularly in mild of the ways that we're all raced, gendered, and acculturated.

Calling playing cards pokes, prods, and pushes on the very query of the connection among the paintings of the academy and social justice. total, [it] has a lot to offer.” — JAC

Calling Cards … contribut[es] to the becoming and critical paintings on id matters in English reviews … [and] offers us a lesson in studying how one can speak with others approximately our identities.” — Rhetoric Review

"The scholarship that went into growing this paintings is improved. The contributions are clean and exhibit views that experience now not been outlined as deeply or as sharply in past works, and the book's power is the effective means during which it builds upon earlier and similar work." — Keith Gilyard, editor of Race, Rhetoric, and Composition

Contributors comprise Valerie Babb, Patrick Bizzaro, Resa Crane Bizzaro, Jami L. Carlacio, Amanda Espinosa-Aguilar, Ann E. eco-friendly, David G. Holmes, Susan Applegate Krouse, Barbara E. L'Eplattenier, Valerie Lee, Shirley Wilson Logan, Joyce Irene Middleton, Joycelyn Moody, Renee M. Moreno, Akhila Ramnarayan, Jacqueline Jones Royster, Ann Marie Mann Simpkins, and Hui Wu.

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3 For example, captivity narratives systematized the values of patriarchy and white racial purity that would shape American understandings of race and gender. Written against the backdrop of a time when cultural rhetoric proffered the persistent image of a virginal North America awaiting its chosen ones “flying from the Depravations of Europe, to the American Strand . . wherewith His Divine Providence hath Irradiated an Indian Wilderness” (Mather 89), these works assert an English and subsequently white right to North America.

Along with exposition culture, a growing museum industry contributed to the work of cementing representations of whiteness. While museums designed to be centers of scientific and artistic studies were evolving, also evolving were their popular counterparts. 7 This genre of museum took on particularly racial tones when Phineas Taylor Barnum opened his Chinese Museum in which mostly white onlookers could gaze at actual Chinese as living objects while having their own whiteness reinforced against a background of distanced exotica.

Not all participants in this multiracial society benefited from such affirmative actions. These few illustrations of the unspoken privilege accorded white identity offer a sense of why attempts at racial equality often meet with fierce resistance. It is difficult to argue for parity when those who benefit from privilege do not realize they do. ) rather than around considering why we hold on to a system that privileges one racial group over others. This hegemonic inertia deepens social stratification because it feeds on the idea of difference as something against which a bulwark must be constructed rather than as something that characterizes the nature of a pluralistic nation.

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