Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology
Dr. Peggy Petrzelka
In this article I explore if Black consciousness, as described by W.E.B. Du Bois' theory of double consciousness, can be taken on by those who are White. I analyze songs both written and covered by Eric Clapton, to examine if elements of double consciousness are in his music. Furthermore, I analyze album covers that have Clapton's image on them, looking for characteristics of physical Blackness. My findings reveal that Eric Clapton does take on aspects of double consciousness, through his music, and facets of physical Blackness. Thus, I discover it is possible for Whites to experience elements of double consciousness.
Gabriel, Ryan Patrick, "White Blues: Can Eric Clapton Embody Du Bois' Double Consciousness?" (2011). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 83.
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