Whiteness as Family

Shannon Sullivan

in Difficulties of Ethical Life

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229734
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235186 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Whiteness as Family

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This chapter talks about whether the racial category of whiteness can be transformed into something other than a category of racist exclusion and oppression. Drawing on the psychoanalytic theory of Jean Laplanche, it explains how unconscious messages about white supremacy and white privilege connect contemporary white people with the generations of white people that preceded them.

Keywords: racism; responsibility; psychoanalytic theory; Jean Laplanche; white supremacy; privilege; oppression

Chapter.  7457 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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