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Maureen Perkins

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837303

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837303.001.0001

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Under New Management: Whiteness in Post-Apartheid South African Life Writing

Under New Management: Whiteness in Post-Apartheid South African Life Writing

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(p.83) Under New Management: Whiteness in Post-Apartheid South African Life Writing
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Locating Life Stories
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Tony Simoes Da Silva

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824837303.003.0005

This chapter examines Alfred Lopez's remark in his Postcolonial Whiteness: A Critical Reader on Race and Empire that “whiteness is not, yet we continue for many reasons to act as though it is.” The concept of whiteness as a cultural hegemon is manifesting in “its lingering, if somewhat latent, hegemonic influence over much of the world,” which will occasionally give rise to radical power shifts. Lopez is especially interested in “what happens to whiteness after empire,” and proposes that it be understood as a dynamic relation of power. Despite the critical scrutiny the work has attracted from whiteness studies, the racial category retains much of its ideological force.

Keywords:   Alfred Lopez, cultural hegemon, power shifts, dynamic relation, racial category, ideological force

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