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An interesting CFP I just received:

Poor White, Redneck, Trash: The Working Class in American Culture

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Presidential evocations of American identity have presupposed a nation that despite its ethnic, regional and class diversity is unified in terms of its intrinsic opposition to an anti-American threat. Such homogeneity is nonetheless threatened, as it has always been, by heterogeneous figure of the poor white. Such a figure may be seen to articulate simultaneously both the foundational ideals of American democracy (as the pioneer, the backwoodsman) and the nations failure, at the hands of corporate capitalism, to live up to its exceptionalist promise (as inbred mountain mutant or urban trailer trash). The proposed collection sets out to explore the politically problematic status of the white working class through representation of that group across a range of media: film and television, literature and film, music and dance. It aims to explore, moreover, a largely neglected minoritarian American consciousness that remains (for all its economic marginalization) white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant. Papers are thus invited from specialists in all aspects of the humanities; including, perhaps, consideration of: - the representational genealogy of the WASP working class in American culture from the C17 to the present / - the white working class /- the European left and nativist populism/ - the subversive potential of white working class culture/ - the white working class in mass culture: social opiate and demonised scapegoat / - minority status: the white working class and ethnicity / - desiring in, of and by the white working class /- queering the white working class / - white working class women / - the aesthetics of white working class culture / - class consciousness and a sense of place/ - the white working class family.

Emphasis mine obviously.


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Sep. 13th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's funny how if they want to show someone as a bad guy, they give them a southern accent and have them spout something about "The LORD told me that you need killin'." *eye roll*

And if you're white, or look white, and try to apply for welfare, you will get treated like you're something nasty stuck to their shoes.
Sep. 13th, 2005 01:31 am (UTC)
It's weird how it's culturally acceptable for a black person to be poor, on welfare, and unable to rise above their circumstances. But an unkempt, overweight white woman with several dirty children running around barefoot while they shop in Wal-mart is despised. She should have done better with herself, is the prevailing thought because she's white and therefore has all the privileges of moving forward open to her. This widespred misconception is staggering. (Aside: I sometimes wonder if this is why people still find Faulkner's works so disturbing--because he showed black and white as downtrodden, as in the same boat.)
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