Social Location: A Personal Critical Reflection


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Social Location: A Personal Critical Reflection
In reflecting upon the question of my social location, and the advantages and disadvantages I enjoy due to my position within Canadian society’s power relations, I believe that the concept of “whiteness” in the course readings – or rather, the conceptual identification of “white” racial identity with a normative or social baseline – is particularly valuable. In this analysis, while as a member of an East European immigrant community I am not quite “white”, I nonetheless enjoy critical advantages due to my social location being close to the normative standard of whiteness and its associated assumptions of white privilege.
In reading Wise’s article, “Born to Belonging,” one passage –in which...
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....., for example, Aboriginal Canadians. Even so, I must admit that my “knapsack” of white privilege is still often “invisible” to me. As McIntosh observes, this privilege is something about which “we are `meant’ to remain oblivious” (McIntosh).
Crawford, James. “Media, Stereotypes and the Perpetuation of
Racism in Canada.” May 1998. Accessed: February 24, 2010.
McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible
Knapsack.” Independent School. Winter 1990. Accessed:
February 24, 2010.
Wise, Tim. “Born to Belonging.” In White like Me: Reflections on
Race from a Privileged Son. Soft Skull Press, 2005: 1-14.