White Space: Race, Privilege, and Cultural Economies of the Okanagan Valley
Published by: UBC Press
Imprint: UBC Press
Published: December 2021
Imprint: UBC Press
Page Count: 284 Pages
Dimensions: 6.25 x 9.25
284 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.00 in
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White Space offers a compelling analysis of how whiteness sustains settler privilege and maintains social inequity in the BC interior.
Much attention has been paid to race in the Canadian metropolis, but how are the workings of whiteness manifested in the rural-urban? White Space analyzes the dominance of whiteness in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia to expose how this racial notion sustains forms of settler privilege today.
Contributors to this perceptive collection critique the cultural economics of whiteness and white supremacy. The first half documents the historical construction of whiteness: how settlers and their ancestors have sought to exalt pioneers by erasing non-whites from the region’s heritage while Indigenous people resist this white-out. The second half explores the persistence of whiteness as an organizing principle in the neoliberal deindustrialized present.
White Space moves beyond appraising whiteness as if it were a solid and unshakable category. Instead it offers a powerful demonstration of how the concept can be re-envisioned, resisted, and reshaped in contexts of economic change.
Part 1: Historical Erasures and Re-inscriptions of White Fantasies
1 Emerging from the Whiteout: Colonization, Assimilation, Historical Erasure, and Okanagan-Syilx Resistance and Transforming Praxis in the Okanagan Valley / Bill Cohen and Natalie A. Chambers
2 Niggertoe Mountain: Colouring Hinterland Fantasies / Daniel Keyes
3 Nkwala: Colouring Hinterland Fantasies with the Indigenous / Daniel Keyes
4 The Rhetoric of Absence: Susan Allison’s Racial Melancholia / Janet MacArthur
5 Camp Road / Audrey Kobayashi
Part 2: Revealing and Challenging Contemporary White Fantasies
6 Mapping White Consumer Culture: Kelowna’s Tourist Maps 1983–1999 / Jon Corbett and Donna M. Senese
7 Fantasies of Encore Whiteness in the Central Okanagan Valley / Luis L.M. Aguiar
8 White Supremacy, Surveillance, and Urban Aboriginal Women in the Kelowna, BC, Housing Market / Sheila Lewis and Lawrence D. Berg
9 "The Jamaicans are here and working": Race and Community Responses / Carl E. James
10 Okanagan in Print: Exalting Typographical Heimlich Fantasies of Entrepreneurial Whiteness / Daniel Keyes
11 Emplacing and Displacing Whiteness in Kelowna: Aporetic Urbanization and the Limits of Modern Politics / Delacey Tedesco
12 The Imaginary of Redneck Okanagan Whiteness: A Sketch / Stephen Svenson