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Author Tehranian, John.

Title Whitewashed : America's invisible Middle Eastern minority / John Tehranian.

Publication Info. New York : New York University Press, [2009]


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  305.894 T261W    Check Shelf
Description ix, 246 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Critical America.
Critical America.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-226) and index.
Contents Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Price of the ticket -- 1: Constructing caucasians: a brief history of whiteness -- 2: Performing whiteness: law, dramaturgy, and the paradox of Middle Eastern racial classification -- 3: From friendly foreigner to enemy race: selective racialization, covering, and the negotiation of Middle Eastern American identity -- 4: Last minstrel show? Middle Easterners in media -- 5: Threat level orange: the war on terrorism and the assault on Middle Eastern civil rights -- 6: Lifting the veil: thinking about reform -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Index -- About the author.
Summary From the Publisher: Middle Easterners: Sometimes White, Sometimes Not-an article by John Tehranian. The Middle Eastern question lies at the heart of the most pressing issues of our time: the war in Iraq and on terrorism, the growing tension between preservation of our national security and protection of our civil rights, and the debate over immigration, assimilation, and our national identity. Yet paradoxically, little attention is focused on our domestic Middle Eastern population and its place in American society. Unlike many other racial minorities in our country, Middle Eastern Americans have faced rising, rather than diminishing, degrees of discrimination over time; a fact highlighted by recent targeted immigration policies, racial profiling, a war on terrorism with a decided racialist bent, and growing rates of job discrimination and hate crime. Oddly enough, however, Middle Eastern Americans are not even considered a minority in official government data. Instead, they are deemed white by law. In Whitewashed, John Tehranian combines his own personal experiences as an Iranian American with an expert's analysis of current events, legal trends, and critical theory to analyze this bizarre Catch-22 of Middle Eastern racial classification. He explains how American constructions of Middle Eastern racial identity have changed over the last two centuries, paying particular attention to the shift in perceptions of the Middle Easterner from friendly foreigner to enemy alien, a trend accelerated by the tragic events of September 11. Focusing on the contemporary immigration debate, the war on terrorism, media portrayals of Middle Easterners, and the processes of creating racial stereo-types, Tehranian argues that, despite its many successes, the modern civil rights movement has not done enough to protect the liberties of Middle Eastern Americans. By following how concepts of whiteness have transformed over time, Whitewashed forces readers to rethink and question some of their most deeply held assumptions about race in American society.
Subject Arab Americans -- Social conditions.
Iranian Americans -- Social conditions.
Turkish Americans -- Social conditions.
Arab Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Iranian Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Turkish Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc.
White people -- Race identity -- United States.
Racism -- United States.
Race discrimination -- United States.
United States -- Race relations.
ISBN 9780814783061 cloth alkaline paper
0814783066 cloth alkaline paper
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