Journal Article

Classifying Whiteness: Unmasking White Nationalist Women’s Digital Design through an Intersectional Analysis of Contained Agency

Wendy K Z Anderson

in Communication Culture & Critique

Volume 11, issue 1, pages 116-132
Published in print March 2018 | ISSN: 1753-9129
Published online March 2018 | e-ISSN: 1753-9137 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ccc/tcy002
Classifying Whiteness: Unmasking White Nationalist Women’s Digital Design through an Intersectional Analysis of Contained Agency

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Abstract

Sociologist Dr. Kathleen Blee (2002) identified white women as a cornerstone of the white nationalist movement. Through their use of identity classifications and web architecture, white nationalist women coded whiteness into the epistemological foundations of digitally mediated, communication systems and communities, reifying digital systems of oppression. Through my intersectional analysis, I unmasked how the “contained agency” of white feminism is perpetuated through white nationalist digital design (classifications and architecture) to illustrate how gated communities form and function.

Keywords: Classification; Information Architecture; Rhetorical Analysis; Feminism; White Nationalism; Racism; Contained Agency

Journal Article.  7022 words. 

Subjects: Communication Studies ; Use of Technology in Communication ; Communication Theory and Methodology ; International and Global Communication ; Interpersonal and Intergroup Communication

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