Conceptual foundations for teaching about whiteness in intercultural communication courses

Judith N. Martin, Olga Idriss Davis

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This essay addresses the growing interest in incorporating whiteness studies into intercultural communication curriculum. It first explores why the area of whiteness has not been addressed heretofore and gives a brief overview of the interdisciplinary foundations of whiteness studies. It then presents four current topics in whiteness studies: the historical "whitening" of some U.S. immigrant groups, white privilege, the discursive and communication patterns of U.S. whites, and representations of whiteness in popular culture. For each topic, conceptual foundations are briefly described, followed by examples of relevant scholarship and finally several strategies for incorporating this material into intercultural communication courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-313
Number of pages16
JournalCommunication Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2001


  • Intercultural communication education
  • White identity
  • White privilege
  • Whiteness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics


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