Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 2006

Abstract

This article examines hundreds of entries in student journals collected at a university in the Mountain West and captures a striking contradiction between an articulated understanding of racism as “a thing of the past” and the reality of a persistent and pervasive racism. This qualitative study documents everyday racist events taking place in the life of students. These events are coded into either a traditional or modern “liberal” category to demonstrate the link between past and present race projects. The authors conclude that the contemporary “colorblind” discourse of the liberal era suggests an ongoing race project centered on the maintenance of white privilege. The mediating role institutions play between individual and structural relations of inequality implicates the university in the maintenance of white privilege.

Publication Title

Sociological Perspectives

Volume

49

Issue

4

First Page

483

Last Page

501

Required Publisher's Statement

© 2006 by Pacific Sociological Association

Published by: University of California Press, available in JSTOR

Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/sop.2006.49.4.483

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