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Cities of Whiteness
     

Cities of Whiteness

by Wendy S. Shaw
 

This groundbreaking book brings the study of whiteness and postcolonial perspectives to bear on debates about urban change.

  • A thought-provoking contribution to debates about urban change, race and cosmopolitan urbanism
  • Brings the study of whiteness to the discipline of geography, questioning the notion of white ethnicity
  • Engages with

Overview

This groundbreaking book brings the study of whiteness and postcolonial perspectives to bear on debates about urban change.

  • A thought-provoking contribution to debates about urban change, race and cosmopolitan urbanism
  • Brings the study of whiteness to the discipline of geography, questioning the notion of white ethnicity
  • Engages with Indigenous peoples' experiences of whiteness – past and present, and with theoretical postcolonial perspectives
  • Uses Sydney as an example of a 'city of whiteness', considering trends such as Sydney's 'SoHo Syndrome' and the 'Harlemisation' of the Aboriginal community

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Cities of Whiteness is an important contribution to our understanding of how race works in the postmodern city. It shows in clear and convincing detail how whiteness is bound up with property, heritage and fear.”
Alastair Bonnett, Newcastle University

“Wendy S. Shaw writes with passion, with political commitment, carefully and engagingly, and with the kind of gallows humour that can be expected in grim situations. Her subtle and always empirically-grounded analysis astutely picks at the invisible structures of racialization that underpin white privilege and power. Sydney and New York, after Cities of Whiteness, are not such virtuous cities of multiculturalism. Instead, we see these cities afresh, complete with their promiscuous and particular processes of white superiority.”
Steve Pile, The Open University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405129121
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/21/2007
Series:
Antipode Book Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Cities of Whiteness is an important contribution to our understanding of how race works in the postmodern city. It shows in clear and convincing detail how whiteness is bound up with property, heritage and fear.”
–Alastair Bonnett, Newcastle University

“Wendy S. Shaw writes with passion, with political commitment, carefully and engagingly, and with the kind of gallows humour that can be expected in grim situations. Her subtle and always empirically-grounded analysis astutely picks at the invisible structures of racialization that underpin white privilege and power. Sydney and New York, after Cities of Whiteness, are not such virtuous cities of multiculturalism. Instead, we see these cities afresh, complete with their promiscuous and particular processes of white superiority.”
–Steve Pile, The Open University

Meet the Author

Wendy S. Shaw is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of New South Wales. Her research interests include the meanings of heritage in Australia and other Pacific places, the impacts of high-rise developments, and the status of Indigenous peoples in Australia and around the world.

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