[Marxism] markedivity [was: Slavery and Race]

gregory meyerson gmeyerson at triad.rr.com
Tue Nov 7 07:32:09 MST 2006


right.  thanks sayan.

g
On Nov 6, 2006, at 11:51 PM, Sayan Bhattacharyya wrote:

> On 11/6/06, Mark Lause <MLause at cinci.rr.com> wrote:
>>
>> Greg's last post left me flabberghasted and confused....specifically 
>> by
>> the
>> entire question of markedness and nonmarkedness, when you wrote, "the
>> unmarked character of whiteness--dukakis as presidential 
>> candidate--itself
>> has a history though.  when the discourse circled around white man's
>> burden,
>> it was not unmarked."
>>
>> What exactly is it about the whiteness that was burdened but unmarked 
>> or,
>> subsequently marked and unburdened?  And, in the nature of the 
>> markedness,
>> what is the dudakisativity?
>
>
>
> I think it is simple enough.
>
> The white man's burden (to civilize the natives, etc) used to be
> specifically called the *white* man's burden (not "man's burden"). 
> Thus,
> whiteness was "marked". ("Man" and "white man" weren't treated as
> synonymous).
>
> By the time we get to Dukakis, "white man" has become synonymous with 
> "man".
> (Thus, D. was not identified as the "white candidate" but just as
> "candidate").
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