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Book Review: When She Was White

When She Was White: The Story Of A Family Divided By Race, by Judith Stone [Spoiler alert.] She never was white. This book is a strange case of a book written about a celebrity case of racial categorization from the … Continue reading

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Book Review: After Freedom: The Rise Of The Post-Apartheid Generation In South Africa

After Freedom: The Rise Of The Post-Apartheid Generation In South Africa, by Katherine S. Newman and Ariane De Lannoy Like many who have written on the recent history of South Africa [1], the authors come away from their story with … Continue reading

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On The Ambiguity Of Color Politics

On a recent drive I took a couple of days ago to The Dalles, I saw two billboards, one on the way there in the rural hinterlands of Portland and one on the way back, in Eastern Portland itself on … Continue reading

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Exploring Why The Personal Is Political And Vice Versa

One of the common statements that is made by people, especially those of an activist persuasion, is that the personal is the political. One of the aspects that makes politics so contentious and so fierce, regardless of one’s worldview, is … Continue reading

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Book Review: How You Say It

How You Say It: Why You Talk The Way You Do–And What It Says About You, by Katherine D. Kinzler Unfortunately, the study of linguistics is all too deeply tied with questions of identity and politics, and those are issues … Continue reading

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Empire State Of Mind

One of the more curious aspects of our lives is the way that we tend to exhibit the frame of mind that we condemn the most in others. Indeed, it is a reliable measurement as to our own personal proclivities … Continue reading

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Am I A Southerner?

As someone who reads a lot about migrations and whose life has had a fair amount of migratory nature about it, I think it is worthwhile to explore the question of whether or not I am a southerner. Throughout the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Southern Diaspora

The Southern Diaspora: How The Great Migrations of Black And White Transformed America, by James N. Gregory In reading this book I was struck by the question of whether or not I counted as a southerner. This is a question … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Age Of Migration

The Age Of Migration:  International Population Movements In The Modern World, by Stephen Castles And Mark J. Miller Reading this book, one gets the sense that scholars of migration in the present world often stumble around dangerously close to gaining … Continue reading

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A Healthy Sense Of Pride In Who You Are

It should not be a controversial statement to believe that everyone should have a healthy sense of pride in who one is. To be sure, there is plenty of disagreement that can take place over what involves a healthy sense … Continue reading

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