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Title: A visual sociology of white woman : investigating and creating affective performances of anti-racist white femininities
Author: Halász, Katalin
ISNI:       0000 0004 7963 3045
Awarding Body: Goldsmiths, University of London
Current Institution: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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White affect is a new sociological concept which I develop for studying whiteness. The approach I take in this thesis insists that the affective experiences of bodies are central in the making of whiteness. I deconstruct existing conceptualizations that frame whiteness as an unmarked norm. To better understand whiteness as a racial category, I shift the lens to analyze whiteness as a product of intercorporeal and intersubjective affective performances of 'race' and gender. By investigating the affects that entangle the white female body, we can begin to understand the embodied meaning-making processes of anti-racist white femininities which, in turn, allow us to also comprehend the very production of the figure of 'white woman'. This thesis investigates white femininities in two anti-racist contexts, and is based on a combination of semi-structured interviewing with artistic research methods. I explore the production of anti-racist white femininities in the life histories of eleven women who have been active in anti-racist and feminist movements in Europe, and in four antiracist performances that I created and staged: I Love Black Men (UK, 2011), Cruising Black Women (Germany, 2013), The Blush Machine (Bolivia, 2013) and The Chamber of White (Denmark, 2014). By combining the interviews with the creation of performative situations I am able to study the affects of the visually and viscerally present white female body. The performance of an artful live sociology, which is at the centre of this thesis, expands the field of Visual Sociology.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral