Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology


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.


This work made publicly available electronically on September 16, 2011.

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Faculty Mentor

Dr. Peggy Petrzelka