Situating the Dominant Narrative: Deracialized Readers and Reading Locations



This chapter turns to an ideological assessment of the dominant narrative among real readers. The main argument is that the pattern of bypassing race/ethnicity is not an isolated phenomenon. It is rather predicated on and produced by dominant deracialized readers and reading locations. But rather than producing another reconstruction of Jesus, this chapter conducts an ideological investigation of the underlying dynamics of context, power, and representation by which scholarly reconstructions of Jesus are fashioned in the present. Only by approaching modern Jesus reconstructions from the subjective standpoint of real readers does one see that the non-ethnoracial pattern is not an isolated phenomenon. It is rather symptomatic of a broader deracializing ideology—the chief expression of which is the dominant Western representation of the white Jesus in the modern Christian imagination.


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