Thursday, May 6, 2010

best academic article title(s)

Tiffany, friend of people of color: White investments in antiracism (by Audrey Thompson, Qualitative Studies in Education, 2003, 16:1: 7-29)

abstract: Whites have long designated people of color as “good” when they were “friends of the white man.” In a reverse move, some antiracist whites now identify themselves as “good” whites –as friends of people of color. (. . . ) Although less likely than students to aspire to the status of friend of people of color, progressive white professors, too, insofar as they pride themselves on “getting” race issues, congratulate themselves on being exceptional whites. Both forms of white exceptionalism rely on an indispensable “anti” status: antiracist whites are invited to see themselves as not that kind of white and to embrace only those aspects of whiteness that can be construed as positive. This paper argues that progressive whites must interrogate the very ways of being good that white identity theory offers to protect, for the moral framing that gives whites credit for being antiracist is parasitic on the racism that it is meant to challenge. In order to move towards new conceptions of white antiracism, the paper argues, we need to adopt emergent approaches to both cross-race and intrarace relations.

This is home, or is It?: Disrupting grand narratives of home as physical or institutional space (by Claudio Moreira, Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, 2010, 10:1: 78 –83)

abstract: In this article, as suggest by the subtitle, I try to expose a kind of hidden homelessness. One that is not worse than others but important to bring to light. One where narratives are missing. One that goes against the essentializing of home as a middle-class heterosexual construction while not negating the desire for a home by the ones that have none. This is a textual performance about the idea of linking traditional notions of home with how academic knowledge is constructed about the homeless—by disrupting grand narratives of home as physical or institutional space. It is a decolonizing performance autoethnography exposing homelessness that returns its gaze into the process of knowledge production in the hope that by reflecting on how knowledge is produced, troubling the Western concept of home, we academics may create narratives that help more people feel housed.
* Moreira’s article was exceptionally moving.

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