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Difficulties of Ethical Life$
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Shannon Sullivan and Dennis J. Schmidt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229734

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229734.001.0001

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Whiteness as Family

Whiteness as Family

Race, Class, and Responsibility

(p.162) 10 Whiteness as Family
Difficulties of Ethical Life

Shannon Sullivan

Fordham University Press

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

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