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Lobban, G. (2012). Troubling Whiteness: Commentary on Harris's “The House of Difference”. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13(3):224-230.

(2012). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13(3):224-230

Troubling Whiteness: Commentary on Harris's “The House of Difference”

Glenys Lobban, Ph.D.

This article focuses on Harris's (this issue) understanding of racialized subjectivity as a socially constructed phenomenon where fantasies about race are transmitted intergenerationally. I was raised as a “white” South African and I had two vivid associations to Harris's proposal that a “psychose blanche,” an invisible repository of unsignified, racially inflected thoughts, feelings, and selves exists at the heart of “whiteness.” In both cases I recalled a scene from my youth where I was taught that whites in apartheid South Africa deserved punishment and would receive this “come the revolution.” These lessons were crucial building blocks in the formation of my racialized subjectivity, and I describe and interrogate them in an attempt to add further variety and color to the landscape that Harris so deftly draws as she resignifies her “whiteness.”

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