This affective/sensorial performance, woven through with interlocking poetic and narrative expressions, voices the visceral wounds of racism that form the infrastructures of communication studies. It grapples with the merit games that make up White hegemony, seeking to render visible the mediocrity and intellectual emptiness of these games. Aesthetic expression is sometimes the only vehicle available to process trauma that is written into the everyday rituals of a discipline, making visible and simultaneously dismantling the irrationality of Whiteness peddled as reason.
“No, You Did Not Do Me a Favor”: The Whiteness Games of Merit
Mohan J. Dutta is Dean's Chair Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Culture-centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) at Massey University. Correspondence to: Mohan J. Dutta, School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, College of Business, Massey University, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand. Email: M.J.Dutta@massey.ac.nz.
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Mohan J. Dutta; “No, You Did Not Do Me a Favor”: The Whiteness Games of Merit. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2019; 8 (4): 50–56. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.4.50
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