Affirmative Reaction

Affirmative Reaction

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Affirmative Reaction explores the cultural politics of heteronormative white masculine privilege in the United States. Through close readings of texts ranging from the popular television drama 24 to the Marvel Comics miniseries The Call of Duty, and from the reality show American Chopper to the movie Million Dollar Baby, Hamilton Carroll argues that the true privilege of white masculinitya€”and its defining strategya€”is not to be unmarked, universal, or invisible, but to be mobile and mutable. He describes how, in response to the perceived erosions of privilege produced by posta€“civil rights era identity politics, white masculinity has come to rely on the very discourses of difference that unsettled its claims on the universal; it has redefined itself as a marginalized identity. Throughout Affirmative Reaction, Carroll examines the kinds of difference white masculinity claims for itself as it attempts to hold onto or maintain majority privilege. Whether these are traditional sites of minority differencea€”such as Irishness, white trash, or domestic melodramaa€”or reworked sites of masculinist investmenta€”including laboring bodies, public-sphere politics, and vigilantisma€”the outcome is the same: the foregrounding of white masculinity over and against women, people of color, and the non-heteronormative. By revealing the strategies through which white masculinity is produced as a formal difference, Carroll sheds new light on the ways that privilege is accrued and maintained.As the asking price of a new Harley-Davidson is in excess of $20, 000 and an occ chopper is upwards of $50, 000, only the truly affluent can afford to be rebels in contemporary America.13 The Teutulsa#39; upward economic mobility is as significant to the success of American ... While the cost of a basic occ chopper starts at about $50, 000, theme bikes built on the show have cost as much as $250, 000.

Title:Affirmative Reaction
Author: Hamilton Carroll
Publisher:Duke University Press - 2011-01-25

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