Essentialist Perspective of Ethnicity and Cultural Dimensions of Whiteness


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Essay #: 063567
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Essentialist Perspective of Ethnicity and Cultural Dimensions of Whiteness
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2. This essay will examine
critique of Ruth Frankenberg’s cultural dimensions of whiteness in America which is based on what Satzewich calls experiental approach to whiteness. First, Satzewich argues that the historical approach to whiteness provides some valid points that cannot be ignored, since the proponents of historical approach “conceptualize whiteness as a set of claims and counter claims about individual and group identity and status” (Satzewich, 67). The historical approach argues that whiteness is not a homogenous category independent of history and social condition, but that for many groups of people whiteness is something...
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..... etc. As Omi and
note “there is, in fact, a subtly racist element in this substitution” (p. 23). The same authors believe that this racist element is actually not intentional but rather represents a consequence of using the experiences of white ethnic immigrants and applying them to the experiences of blacks. Of course, similar issues and critiques can be extended to other visible minorities mentioned above: Asian-Americans, Native Americans and Latin Americans. For example, several distinct ethnic groups from Asia (Pilipino, Chinese, Korean etc.) are grouped together under common category “Asian American. This common categorization of diverse groups under one category is a consequence of the racially constructed identity categories.