ASOC 4-1 - ASOC 4/1/08 Whiteness and Colorblindness - How...

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ASOC 4/1/08 Whiteness and Colorblindness - How do college students express Whiteness? o According to Chesler et al. piece there are important limitations with works that try to address whites’ attitudes and their identities. o The Chesler et al. piece on “Blinded by Whiteness” seeks to address these limitations by asking white college students about their experiences before entering college. The major themes that characterize their pre-college experiences are: Lack of exposure Subtle and overt racism Racial tokenism Lack of successful minority role models o What of those that come from more diverse neighborhoods? They still indicated a relatively low level of interaction or educational attention to diversity and inter group relations. o The effect of being socialized in an environment of segregation and lacking contact with non-white peers led white students to not see themselves as having a race or even being whites. Moreover, they were not able to understand their own (and their communities’) exclusionary
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ASOC 282 taught by Professor Tejada during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Albany.

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ASOC 4-1 - ASOC 4/1/08 Whiteness and Colorblindness - How...

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