Thursday, July 31, 2008

Beyond the pale: Books about white people both mock and reinforce stereotypes

Denise Balkissoon writes:
Two recent books have chosen to probe what it means to be Caucasian: Christian Lander’s Stuff White People Like and Stephen Hunt’s The White Guy: A Field Guide. Each book suggests that its white male author is waking up to the historical context of being white and male, and trying to work out the baggage of his historical dominance. Since the current cultural mood is satirical, neither book adopts a serious tone: Lander and Hunt take their journeys through whiteness with tongues lodged in cheek. What changes have white guys experienced in recent years to prompt these self-revelations? READ MORE