Graduation Year


Date of Thesis Acceptance

Spring 5-9-2018

Major Department or Program

Race and Ethnic Studies


Zahi Zalloua


In this paper, I examine the ways in which the concept of culture functions as a site of ideology that is used to Other individuals and communities. Political, economic, and geographical positioning is reduced and manipulated, elevating the idea of culture into a primary way of viewing and understanding the world. As a case study, I will be examining the way in which culture is applied to individuals associated with or deemed to be associated with, by the white Western world, “the Muslim world.” The culturalization of these individuals will serve as evidence for the way in which the cultural framework is prominent in discourse today. I call for a closer critique of the ways in which the concept of culture is utilized in our world in order to call attention to a dependence on a logic of difference that results in the reproduction of historical systems of domination in the United States.

Page Count


Subject Headings

Other (Philosophy)‚ Culture‚ Muslims‚ Ideology‚ Racism‚ Discourse analysis -- Social aspects‚ Civil society -- United States‚ Social sciences‚ Language and culture‚ Whitman College 2018 -- Dissertation collection -- Race and Ethnic Studies

Permanent URL

Document Type

Public Accessible Thesis

Available for download on Saturday, May 09, 2020



Rights Statement

Rights Statement

In Copyright. URI:
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).