‘A Geography of Racism’: Internal Orientalism and the Construction of American National Identity in the Film Mississippi Burning

  title={‘A Geography of Racism’: Internal Orientalism and the Construction of American National Identity in the Film Mississippi Burning},
  author={David R. Jansson},
  journal={National Identities},
  pages={265 - 285}
  • David R. Jansson
  • Published 2005
  • Political Science, Geography, Sociology
  • National Identities
This article examines the contribution of the film Mississippi Burning to the construction of American national identity within the context of the discourse of internal orientalism. This discourse consists of a tradition of representing the American South as fundamentally different from the rest of the United States, and an important strand of this tradition involves construing ‘the South’ as a region where racism, violence, intolerance, poverty and a group of other negative characteristics… Expand
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