Degree Year

2002

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Sociology

Advisor(s)

Antoinette Charfauros
Joan Weston

Keywords

Race identity, Pennsylvannia, Ethnography

Abstract

In studying race, specifically whiteness, in northwestern Pennsylvania, I am speaking of my own experiences and my own identity. In searching for the truth behind race issues and white identity in this place, I must implicate myself in perpetuating racist attitudes and social structures, if not only for my own ignorance of diverse cultures. Like all whites I cannot escape my white skin and the privileges I receive because of it, but I can question that privilege, in an effort to understand my position and enact anti-racist change. This ethnography of whiteness in northwestern PA is as much about myself as it is about the people I interviewed. Although we have had different experiences and have lived in different parts of the country and world, we came from the same roots, born white and rural into the racism of northwestern Pennsylvania.

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