Date of Award
International and Intercultural Communication
Bernadette M. Calafell, Ph.D.
Arab, Intersectionality, Muslim, Postcolonial Feminism, Whiteness, Women
This study examines Muslim women's performances and embodiment of White femininity. It addresses invisibility/visibility and problematic rhetorical constructs for re-securing and replicating White femininity, which in turn reasserts White masculinity as the dominant ideological structure in service of Whiteness. To be exact, the aim is to specifically focus on how Whiteness travels globally through Muslim bodies and subjects who speak the language of the imperialist and not the vernacular. This language of the imperialist is also the language of heteronormativity, class, and educational privilege. These intersections are not stand-alone categories but instead seep into one another in the service of Whiteness. The study performs an archetypal criticism, a method that examines controlling archetypes emerging from the Western Media. Three archetypes for Muslim women are identified in this study: The Oppressed, The Advocate, and the Humanitarian Leader. Through an intersectional feminist ethic the study concludes by offering further directions for understanding and naming moments when marginalized persons embody privileged identities.
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Al Ghabra, Haneen, "The Ethics of Representation: Muslim Women Reenacting and Resisting Whiteness" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1272.
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Haneen Al Ghabra
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