Beyond White Ethnicity

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-09-30
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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Through qualitative analysis of individuals, Kathleen J. Fitzgerald studies the social construction of racial and ethnic identity in Beyond White Ethnicity. Fitzgerald focuses on Native Americans who, despite a previously unacknowledged and uncelebrated background, are embracing and reclaiming their heritage in their everyday lives. Focusing on the purpose, process, and problems of this reclamation, Fitzgerald's research provides an understanding of these issues. She also exposes how institutional power relations are racialized, how race is a social and political construction, and helps us understand larger cultural transformations. This insightful collection of research should be of interest to those who study sociology, anthropology, or cultural studies. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Kathleen J. Fitzgerald is associate professor of sociology at Columbia College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Contextualizing Native American Racial/Ethnic Identity Reclamationp. 1
Reclaimer Narratives: Exposing the Duality of Structure in Identity Formationp. 31
Challenging White Hegemony: Reclaimers and the Culture Warsp. 73
Reclaimer Practices: Religion, Spirituality, Language, Family, and Foodp. 111
"If It Looks Like a Duck": Physical Appearance and Reclaimer Identityp. 151
"Wanna-bes" and "Indian Police": The Battle over Authenticityp. 185
Conclusion: Contextualizing Non-White Racial/Ethnic Identity Reclamationp. 225
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 243
About the Authorp. 251
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