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Academic and white working class perceptions of the economic aspects of white privilege

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dc.contributor.advisor Pearce, Tola Olu en
dc.contributor.author Heller, Jennifer en_US
dc.coverage.spatial North America
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-12T19:07:01Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-12T19:07:01Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007 Spring en
dc.identifier.other HellerJ-050407-T7216 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/4946
dc.description The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on October 26, 2007) en_US
dc.description Vita. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.A.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2007. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Sociology. en_US
dc.description.abstract One job of social scientists is to parse out partial knowledge from every relevant social location in order to present a structural interpretation of social phenomena. A textual and content analysis was performed on both academic texts and internet blogs that discusses white privilege from a lower class white social location to gain an emic and etic perspective and to discover if a disconnect between knowledge claims exist between the two perspectives. The analysis of emic texts revealed four themes: (1) White privilege contributed a lack of understanding that whites could legitimately be poor (2) Group boundaries were constructed between racial minorities and non-poor whites (3) White privilege does not exist for the emic and (4) Some understanding of the intersection with gender and social class was evident. A content and textual analyses of academic texts lead to the discovery of three patterns (1) Whites from various classes were compared only to lower class racial minorities (2) Lower class whites emically adopted a vicarious status with the help of their racial privilege to improve their material situation and (3) the emic complained about class oppression is it was judged that the gap between them and racial minorities was too small. The analysis revealed that the emic lower class white perspective included a partial understanding of white privilege because class and gender oppression must be taken into account for a more accurate understanding. Implications of the study suggest that intersectionality must be incorporated in the etic analysis, and when it is included more effort to parse out partial knowledge must be made. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2007 Freely available theses (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Poor whites -- Economic aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Working class whites -- Economic aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Working class -- Education (Higher) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh College teachers -- Social conditions en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social classes en_US
dc.title Academic and white working class perceptions of the economic aspects of white privilege en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Sociology en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b61071997 en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 177168293 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2007 Theses


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