Whiteness in America
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Whiteness in America
When Americans think about race, “white” is often the furthest thing from their minds. Yet whiteness colors so much of social life in the United States, from the organization and maintenance of social structures to an individual’s sense of self. 

White has long been the invisible default category against which other racial and ethnic groups are silently compared and marked out as “different.” At the same time, whiteness is itself an active marker that many bitterly fight to keep distinctive, and the shifting boundaries of whiteness reflect the nation’s history of race relations, right back to the earliest period of European colonization. One thing that has remained consistent is that whiteness is a definitive mark of privilege. Yet, this privilege is differentially experienced across a broad and eclectic spectrum, as is white identity itself. In order to uncover the ways in which its rigid structures and complicated understandings permeate American life, this book examines some of the many varieties of what it means to be white – across geography, class, and social context – and the culture, social movements, and changing demographics of whiteness in America.
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  • August 2020
  • 200 pages
  • 140 x 219 mm / 6 x 9 in
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  • 9781509531189
Table of Contents
1 Introduction
2 The Invisible Privilege of Whiteness
3 Whiteness Visible
4 Attitudes and Culture         
5 Whiteness Mobilized
6 The Future of White Racial Identity                     
About the Author
Monica McDermott is Associate Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University.
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Reviews

“With whiteness studies at a crossroads, McDermott patiently walks us through the sociological research that reveals how whiteness is now both visible and invisible, a source of identity and mobilization as well as of hidden privilege and cultural normativity.”
Douglas Hartmann, University of Minnesota
 
“In her unique, insightful, and impeccably timed book, McDermott unpacks the layered, contingent, and ever changing definition of whiteness at a time when colorblind narratives of race, white nationalism, and white resentment have moved center stage in American politics. Her book is essential reading for anyone interested in American race relations.”
Charles Gallagher, La Salle University
 
“An accessible guide to the field of whiteness and to white identity in the United States. Few texts cover this much ground without oversimplifying concepts or losing sight of both social structure and human agency.”
Mary Romero, 110th President of the American Sociological Association
“With whiteness studies at a crossroads, McDermott patiently walks us through the sociological research that reveals how whiteness is now both visible and invisible, a source of identity and mobilization as well as of hidden privilege and cultural normativity.”
Douglas Hartmann, University of Minnesota
 
“In her unique, insightful, and impeccably timed book, McDermott unpacks the layered, contingent, and ever changing definition of whiteness at a time when colorblind narratives of race, white nationalism, and white resentment have moved center stage in American politics. Her book is essential reading for anyone interested in American race relations.”
Charles Gallagher, La Salle University
 
“An accessible guide to the field of whiteness and to white identity in the United States. Few texts cover this much ground without oversimplifying concepts or losing sight of both social structure and human agency.”
Mary Romero, 110th President of the American Sociological Association
 
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