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Tripping the White fantastic: Navigating the politics of dislocation and bicultural authenticity in academe

Biculturalism, Self Identity and Societal Transformation

ISBN: 978-0-7623-1409-6, eISBN: 978-1-84950-555-0

ISSN: 0195-7449

Publication date: 1 October 2008

Abstract

This chapter considers a narrative attuned to the tensions of bicultural performativity (blackness and whiteness) and how that performance relates to the politics of dislocation within the context of pursuing an advanced degree at a prestigious university. It does so by providing moments from my own narrative of self that focuses on an interrupted and hybridized racial project. In this chapter, I attempt to engage the reader by communicating the subjectivity of such moments in a provocative, fragmented, and emotionally charged self-reflexive manner. My own narrative, its performative element, and its racialized nature, are then considered in relation to larger sociological contexts and forces that present bicultural racial formations and their boundary transgression as a regulatory mechanism. Out of these narrative examples, I emphasize the growing centrality of performance studies as a frame of analysis.

Citation

Hughey, M.W. (2008), "Tripping the White fantastic: Navigating the politics of dislocation and bicultural authenticity in academe", Dennis, R.M. (Ed.) Biculturalism, Self Identity and Societal Transformation (Research in Race and Ethnic Relations, Vol. 15), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 131-158. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0195-7449(08)15007-3

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