White Privilege

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-02-09
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers
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Described as vital, eye-opening, and powerful, White Privilege, Fourth Edition, remains essential reading for students and educators alike. Used in courses across disciplines and educational levels, this unique anthology expertly presents the significance and complexity of whiteness today and illuminates the nature of privilege and power in our society. Rothenberg's thoughtful four-part organization leads students through the ubiquity and corresponding invisibility of whiteness; the historical development of whiteness and its role in race relations throughout history; the real effects of privilege and its opposite, oppression; and finally, an exploration of how the system of privilege could be changed. The fourth edition continues to feature key articles and essays from such important scholars and writers as Peggy McIntosh, Richard Dyer, Beverly Tatum, bell hooks, Allan G. Johnson, and Tim Wise and includes new selections from Nell Irvin Painter, Robert Jensen, and Justin Podur. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Paula Rothenberg is a Senior Fellow at The Murphy Institute, City University of New York, and Professor Emerita at William Paterson University of New Jersey. From 1989 to 2006 she served as Director of The New Jersey Project on Inclusive Scholarship, Curriculum, and Teaching. She is the author of several books, including the autobiographical Invisible Privilege: A Memoir About Race, Class, and Gender and the best-selling anthology, Race, Class and Gender in The United States: An Integrated Study. Her newest title, What's The Problem? A Brief Guide to Thinking Critically, asks students to analyze how social problems are framed in the public eye.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
About the Authorp. ix
Introductionp. 1
whiteness: the power of invisibility
The Matter of Whitenessp. 9
Failing to Seep. 15
Representations of Whiteness in the Black Imaginationp. 19
Questions for Thinking, Writing, and Discussion for Part Onep. 25
whiteness: the power of the past
The History of White Peoplep. 29
The Roots of Racial Classificationp. 33
How White People Became Whitep. 39
How Jews Became White Folksp. 45
Becoming Hispanic: Mexican Americans and Whitenessp. 59
The Possessive Investment in Whitenessp. 71
Global White Supremacyp. 95
Questions for Thinking, Writing, and Discussion for Part Twop. 103
whiteness: the power of privilege
Making Systems of Privilege Visiblep. 107
Privilege as Paradoxp. 115
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsackp. 121
White Privilege/White Supremacyp. 127
Membership Has Its Privileges: Thoughts on Acknowledging and Challenging Whitenessp. 133
People of Color Talk is Cheapp. 137
Questions for Thinking, Writing, and Discussion for Part Threep. 141
whiteness: the power of resistance
Breaking the Silencep. 145
Confronting One's Own Racismp. 151
How White People Can Serve as Allies to People of Color in the Struggle to End Racismp. 157
Questions for Thinking, Writing, and Discussion for Part Fourp. 167
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 169
Acknowledgmentsp. 172
Indexp. 174
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