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The Heart of Whiteness: Normal Sexuality and Race in America, 18801940
The Heart of Whiteness: Normal Sexuality and Race in America, 18801940 Julian B Carter 082233948X 9780822339489 In this groundbreaking study, Julian Carter demonstrates that between 1880 and 1940, cultural discourses of whiteness
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The Heart of Whiteness: Normal Sexuality and Race in America, 18801940 by Julian B Carter

In this groundbreaking study, Julian Carter demonstrates that between 1880 and 1940, cultural discourses of whiteness and heterosexuality fused to form a new concept of the normal American. Gilded Age elites defined white civilization as the triumphant achievement of exceptional people hewing to a relational ethic of strict self-discipline for the common good. During the early twentieth century, that racial and relational ideal was reconceived in more inclusive terms as normality, something toward which everyone should strive. The appearance of inclusiveness helped make normality appear consistent with the self-image of a racially diverse republic; nonetheless, normality was gauged largely in terms of adherence to erotic and emotional conventions that gained cultural significance through their association with arguments for the legitimacy of white political and social dominance. At the same time, the affectionate, reproductive heterosexuality of normal married couples became increasingly central to legitimate membership in the nation. Carter builds her intricate argument from detailed readings of an array of popular texts, focusing on how sex education for children and marital advice for adults provided significant venues for the dissemination of the new ideal of normality. She concludes that because its overt concerns were love, marriage, and babies, normality discourse facilitated white evasiveness about racial inequality. The ostensible focus of normality on matters of sexuality provided a superficially race-neutral conceptual structure that whites could and did use to evade engagement with the unequal relations of power that continue to shape American life today.

Author: Julian B Carter

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 232

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Publication Date: 2007-06-08

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