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- DescriptionContemporary scholars who study race and racism have emphasized that white complicity plays a role in perpetuating systemic racial injustice. Being White, Being Good seeks to explain what scholars mean by white complicity, to explore the ethical and epistemological assumptions that white complicity entails, and to offer recommendations for how white complicity can be taught. The book highlights how well-intentioned white people who might even consider themselves as paragons of antiracism might be unwittingly sustaining an unjust system that they say they want to dismantle. What could it mean for white people 'to be good' when they can reproduce and maintain racist system even when, and especially when, they believe themselves to be good? In order to answer this question, Barbara Applebaum advocates a shift in our understanding of the subject, of language, and of moral responsibility. Based on these shifts a new tion of moral responsibility is articulated that is t focused on guilt and that can help white students understand and ackwledge their white complicity. Being White, Being Good introduces an approach to social justice pedagogy called 'white complicity pedagogy.' The practical and pedagogical implications of this approach are fleshed out by emphasizing the role of uncertainty, vulnerability, and vigilance. White students who ackwledge their complicity have an increased potential to develop alliance identities and to engage in genuine cross-racial dialogue. White complicity pedagogy promises to facilitate the type of listening on the part of white students so that they come open and willing to learn, and 't just to say .' Applebaum also conjectures that systemically marginalized students would be more likely and willing to invest energy and time, and be more willing to engage with the systemically privileged, when the latter ackwledge rather than deny their complicity. It is a central claim of the book that ackwledging complicity encourages a willingness to listen to, rather than dismiss, the struggles and experiences of the systemically marginalized.
- Author BiographyBarbara Applebaum is associate professor of cultural foundations of education at Syracuse University.
- PrizesWinner of AESA Critic's Choice Award 2011.
- Author(s)Barbara Applebaum
- PublisherLexington Books
- Date of Publication21/07/2011
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLexington Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight358 g
- Width157 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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