The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics / Edition 1

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics / Edition 1

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by George Lipsitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 1592134947

ISBN-13: 9781592134946

Pub. Date: 03/28/2006

Publisher: Temple University Press

In this unflinching look at white supremacy, George Lipsitz argues that racism is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, a problem of property as well as pigment. Above and beyond personal prejudice, whiteness is a structured advantage that produces unfair gains and unearned rewards for whites while imposing impediments to asset accumulation, employment, housing,…  See more details below

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In this unflinching look at white supremacy, George Lipsitz argues that racism is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, a problem of property as well as pigment. Above and beyond personal prejudice, whiteness is a structured advantage that produces unfair gains and unearned rewards for whites while imposing impediments to asset accumulation, employment, housing, and health care for minorities. Reaching beyond the black/white binary, Lipsitz shows how whiteness works in respect to Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.

Lipsitz delineates the weaknesses embedded in civil rights laws, the racial dimensions of economic restructuring and deindustrialization, and the effects of environmental racism, job discrimination and school segregation. He also analyzes the centrality of whiteness to U.S. culture, and perhaps most importantly, he identifies the sustained and perceptive critique of white privilege embedded in the radical black tradition. This revised and expanded edition also includes an essay about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on working class Blacks in New Orleans, whose perpetual struggle for dignity and self determination has been obscured by the city's image as a tourist party town.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592134946
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Edition description:
Revised and Expanded Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
238,843
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Bill Moore's Body
1The Possessive Investment in Whiteness1
2Law and Order: Civil Rights Laws and White Privilege24
3Immigrant Labor and Identity Politics47
4Whiteness and War69
5White Fear: 0.J. Simpson and the Greatest Story Ever Sold99
6White Desire: Remembering Robert Johnson118
7Lean on Me: Beyond Identity Politics139
8Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac": Antiblack Racism and White Identity158
9"Frantic to Join...the Japanese Army": Beyond the Black-White Binary184
10California: The Mississippi of the 1990s211
Notes235
Acknowledgments259
Index261

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