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Lecture 3

POLS 3270 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Lawrence Grossberg, Cary Nelson, White Privilege

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Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLS 3270
Professor
Melanie Baljko
Lecture
3

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GWST!1501!9.0A!2015-2016!
Introduction!to!Gender!and!Women’s!Studies!
York!University,!Keele!Campus!
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Due!Date:!!Wednesday!November!11!@!9am!(online)!&!in!tutorials!or!lecture!(where!
applicable)!
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Format:!Your!essay!should!be!4!pages!double!spaced,!in!a!standard!12pt!font!with!1!inch!
margins.!Papers!must!not!exceed!4!pages.!!
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Purpose:!The!purpose!of!this!assignment!is!for!you!to!work!on!the!critical!thinking!skills!of!
summarizing,!analyzing,!evaluating!and!making!arguments,!while!you!build!your!
conceptual!understanding!of!race!and!racism,!whiteness!and!intersectionality.!
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Instructions:!In!this!essay,!you!will!summarize,!analyze,!and!evaluate!bell!hooks’!chapter!
entitled!“Representing!Whiteness!in!the!Black!Imagination,”!which!was!published!in!the!
edited!volume!Cultural'Studies'(edited!by'Lawrence!Grossberg,!Cary!Nelson,!Paula!
Treichler.!New!York:!Routledge,!1992).!The!chapter!is!available!in!your!course!kit.!
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In!your!essay,!you!will!address!the!following!questions!in!essay%form.!This!means!
beginning!with!a!strong!and!clear!-+.","%"-#-.4.)-%that!a)!tells!your!reader!clearly!what!
you!think!hooks’!primary!point!is,!b)!how!hooks’!approach!is!intersectional,!and!c)!how!her!
approach!compares!with!that!of!Ruth!Frankenberg.!Your!essay!will!then!go!on!to!illustrate!
your!thesis!by!doing!the!following:!
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Introduction:!Introduce!the!assignment!and!give!your!thesis.!In!the!intro!you!might!
comment!briefly!on!your!own!entry!point!into!this!material.!Have!you!ever!thought!about!
whiteness!or!white!privilege!before?!Why!does!an!intersectional!analysis!matter?!Be!brief!
but!try!to!engage!your!reader.!!
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A) 5644#7,8.:!What!is!the!main!argument!of!the!article?!!The!first!section!of!your!
essay!should!be!a!substantial!summary!of!hooks’!arguments!about!whiteness.!Be!
certain!to!clearly!define/explain!all!concepts!that!may!not!have!initially!been!clear!
to!you.!Your!summary!should!be!,)%$967%9:)%:97;"!rather!than!direct!quotations!
(while!still!citing!appropriately!when!paraphrasing!and!summarizing).!
B) <)#=$8.:!In!thinking!about!other!readings,!lecture!materials!and!concepts!from!the!
course!so!far,!consider!how!hooks’!approach!is!intersectional!–!that!is,!how!she!
indicates!that!privilege!and!systemic!oppression!work!through!multiple!
,)-.7".>-,)?!points!of!identity!at!the!same!time!(e.g.!gender!and!race!and!class!and!
nation).!!
C) !@#=6#-.:!In!this!section!of!the!paper,!provide!a!reflection!on!the!relationship!
between!hooks’!and!Frankenberg’s!respective!studies!of!whiteness.!What!are!the!
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