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dc.contributor.advisorSt. Denis, Vernaen_US
dc.creatorLoewen, Sarahen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-04T12:00:14Z
dc.date.available2013-07-04T12:00:14Z
dc.date.created2013-03en_US
dc.date.issued2013-07-03en_US
dc.date.submittedMarch 2013en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/ETD-2013-03-1050en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis offers an analysis of how white women experience racial privilege in the international development arena. Based on post-structuralist ideas of identity construction and subjectivity formation, I examine the narratives of six white middle class female development workers in order to gain a deeper understanding of white privilege. Using grounded theory to examine the data, I find that the development arena offers an occasion for white women to fulfill their socially mandated subject position and therefore reproduce hierarchical relations across race. Furthermore, the data indicates that white female development workers resist engaging in critical self-reflection that would compromise the “helping” and “good” narrative of self as a development worker, which portrays the self in heroic terms. The lack of critical self-reflection suggests that the performance of whiteness and denial of white privilege exists within the everyday lived experience of white female development workers. I argue that this performance of white subjectivity is problematic because it maintains inequality in the development arena by sustaining white dominance and non-white subordination. This pattern must be broken in order to re-establish relationships in the development arena that reflect equality and justice.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.subjectInternational Developmenten_US
dc.subjectWhite Subjectivityen_US
dc.subjectWhite Identityen_US
dc.subjectRacismen_US
dc.subjectPost-Structuralismen_US
dc.titleWhite Identity and the Education of Development Workersen_US
thesis.degree.departmentEducational Foundationsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Foundationsen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Education (M.Ed.)en_US
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dc.type.genreThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBalzer, Geraldineen_US


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