Unmasking Racism: Halloween Costuming and Engagement of the Racial Other

  title={Unmasking Racism: Halloween Costuming and Engagement of the Racial Other},
  author={Jennifer C. Mueller and Danielle Dirks and Leslie H. Picca},
  journal={Qualitative Sociology},
We explore Halloween as a uniquely constructive space for engaging racial concepts and identities, particularly through ritual costuming. Data were collected using 663 participant observation journals from college students across the U.S. During Halloween, many individuals actively engage the racial other in costuming across racial/ethnic lines. Although some recognize the significance of racial stereotyping in costuming, it is often dismissed as being part of the holiday's social context. We… Expand
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