Whitewash: White privilege and racialized landscapes at the University of Georgia

Joshua F.J. Inwood, Deborah G. Martin

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Abstract

This paper examines racialized landscapes at the University of Georgia to better understand the ways that whiteness-or more specifically white privilege-is positioned in and uses landscapes. Given a history of segregation, violently contested desegregation, and a contemporary student body that is disproportionately white (compared to the population of the entire state of Georgia), we investigate the meanings and contradictions of the University's historic 'North Campus'. Using a multi-method qualitative approach-including open-ended interviews and 'roving focus groups'-we argue that privileged, white landscapes operate through a kind of whitewashing of history, which seeks to deploy race strategically to create a progressive landscape narrative pertaining to 'race'.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-395
Number of pages23
JournalSocial and Cultural Geography
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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