White Privilege Revised: White Man’s ‘Burden’ in Japan



Debnár continues his analysis of the limits of the white privilege and starts with the consideration of what he calls a relativizing potential of Japan as a highly developed, non-Western country. This is reflected in various everyday interactions as well as in the labor market. Limited labor market mobility is exemplified in various cases struggling to escape the niches based on their race and expectations of their cultural skills. The chapter argues that it is necessary to not only acknowledge the ‘double-edged’ character of the white privilege but focus on the contrasting outcomes of whiteness or white man’s ‘burden’ in Japan in a more extensive way and attempt to overcome the confines of the ‘racial grammar’ depicting whiteness as intrinsically associated with privilege.


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  1. 1.Department of SociologyDoshisha UniversityKyotoJapan

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