Perpetuation of Whiteness Ideologies in U.S. College Student Discourse

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Abstract

Utilizing discourse from college students who participated in a three-day seminar on systemic racism, intersectionality, and white privilege, this study examines and critiques ideologies within college students’ discourse that are foundational to whiteness. Three ideological discourses emerged before, during, and after the seminar–Liberal Pluralism, Meritocracy, and “Reverse Racism.” The discourses were analysed using Critical Discourse Analysis and findings are presented from the study that include the implications of ideological discourses that perpetuate the pervasiveness of whiteness and white privilege. The paper concludes with implications for communication scholars and educators, most specifically those who teach intercultural communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-517
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication Research
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication

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