White in all the wrong places: White rural poverty in the postbellum US South

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Many examinations of whiteness have proceeded on an unacknowledged equation of whiteness with various forms of privilege. I suggest that when differences within whiteness are brought into consideration, a more nuanced engagement with such representations and constructions becomes possible. This argument I make through an analysis of post-Civil War travel accounts of the US South, to demonstrate how prising open the presumed links between a white identity and privilege allows movement beyond a whiteness-as-power framework. In this way, I show that a textual analysis which holds at arm's length such assumptions facilitates a more engaged understanding of constructions of whiteness in the US South and elsewhere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-63
Number of pages19
JournalCultural Geographies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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