Department of Anthropology
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University of Massachusetts
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Enoch H. Page is from St. Louis, Missouri. His mother was born in the same town. His father, son of a Mississippi sharecropper, migrated to St. Louis from Louise, Mississippi to flee the brunt of racial oppression. Eldest of six siblings, he was the first member of his extended family to be college-educated.
Enoch was blessed to attend predominantly black primary and secondary schools until he won a scholarship to Washington University, a predominantly white and private institution in St. Louis. His matriculation there began on the heels of a 'sit-in' demonstration undertaken by black students who mounted campus protests to demand racially equitable student admissions. Hence, his access to higher education is a product of open admissions policies designed in response to a century of organized black social movements. His doctoral research was conducted in Sandusky, Illinois, a rural black community, and his dissertation was completed in 1984 at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
|Commitments to Anthropology|
With undergraduate majors in Anthropology, Education and Black Studies, Enoch's matriculation in higher education was designed to facilitate his study of racism which he eventually began to conceive of as a mangerial method of organizing white privilege in the racial state. He thereby set out to theorize racism as a set of stratifying cultural practices and to develop the courses and pedagogical tools that would engender among his students both the skills and the desire to eventuate its impending demise. He firmly believes that ending racism requires the dismantling of whitened privilege--how dominant racial privilege has been granted to colonizing and colonized populations.
Anthropology's progressive decision to decolonize itself as a discipline enabled him more readily to discover the representational and discursive properties of racism, the subjectivity of embodiment, the deflections away from consciousness, and the structural intersectionality of gender, race and class. Although class distinctions are implicit in all of his teaching and research, some of his publications on race have definite gender and class implications. While race figured prominently in most of his earlier research, gender and race figures far more immanently in his current work. This latest work is primarily concerned with questions of white cultural practices.
With a keen understanding that sexed, gendered, raced, and classed embodied subjects are differentially positioned in the social orders they must learn to negotiate, his upcoming work extends the combination of these concerns into the most recent development of what he calls 'Antiracist Spiritual Anthropology.' He coins this term and would like it to be known as a form of anthropological research, scholarly discipline and pedagogical practice dedicated to fostering social change through an understanding and pursuit of what may best be understood, for lack of a better term, as 'higher consciousness.'
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