"The Bead of Raw Sweat in a Field of Dainty Perspirers": Nationalism, Whiteness and the Olympic-Class Ordeal of Tonya Harding

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/110832
Title:
"The Bead of Raw Sweat in a Field of Dainty Perspirers": Nationalism, Whiteness and the Olympic-Class Ordeal of Tonya Harding
Author:
Krause, Elizabeth L.
Citation:
Arizona Anthropologist 12:31·55. ©1996 Association of Student Anthropologists Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Publisher:
University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology
Journal:
Arizona Anthropologist
Issue Date:
1996
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/110832
Abstract:
This paper examines the interrelations of whiteness, gender, class and nationalism as represented in popular media discourses surrounding the coverage of the assault on Olympic ice skater Nancy Kerrigan and the investigation of her rival, Tonya Harding. As with other recent works that have refocused the issue of "race" on whiteness, this essay seeks to unveil the exclusionary social processes in which boundaries are set and marked within the "difference" of whiteness. The concepts of habitus and historicity are used to understand how Tonya Harding became marked as "white trash," and the implications of her "flawed" qualifications are explored. Furthermore, this paper identifies ongoing ideological struggles over moral regulation and reproduction of the nation and its subjects.
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
Keywords:
Nationalism; whiteness; gender; class; race; ideology; media discourse
ISSN:
1062-1601

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorKrause, Elizabeth L.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-08T23:00:24Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-08T23:00:24Z-
dc.date.issued1996-
dc.identifier.citationArizona Anthropologist 12:31·55. ©1996 Association of Student Anthropologists Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721en_US
dc.identifier.issn1062-1601-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/110832-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the interrelations of whiteness, gender, class and nationalism as represented in popular media discourses surrounding the coverage of the assault on Olympic ice skater Nancy Kerrigan and the investigation of her rival, Tonya Harding. As with other recent works that have refocused the issue of "race" on whiteness, this essay seeks to unveil the exclusionary social processes in which boundaries are set and marked within the "difference" of whiteness. The concepts of habitus and historicity are used to understand how Tonya Harding became marked as "white trash," and the implications of her "flawed" qualifications are explored. Furthermore, this paper identifies ongoing ideological struggles over moral regulation and reproduction of the nation and its subjects.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona, Department of Anthropologyen_US
dc.subjectNationalismen_US
dc.subjectwhitenessen_US
dc.subjectgenderen_US
dc.subjectclassen_US
dc.subjectraceen_US
dc.subjectideologyen_US
dc.subjectmedia discourseen_US
dc.title"The Bead of Raw Sweat in a Field of Dainty Perspirers": Nationalism, Whiteness and the Olympic-Class Ordeal of Tonya Hardingen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalArizona Anthropologisten_US
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