Conflicting identities: White racial formation among Mennonites, 1960-1985

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In this essay, I argue that rather than correlating white identity and whiteness studies first with invisibility, power and privilege, white identity is more accurately correlated with overt conflict and crisis. Moreover, the study of white racial formation in one US-based but internationally focused religious organization between 1960 and 1985 also suggests that white identity is a conflict that results in power and privilege but that the power and privilege do not define the identity itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-284
Number of pages17
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2012


  • Mennonites
  • identity
  • race
  • racial identity
  • religion
  • whiteness


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