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Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America
     

Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America

by Stephanie M. Wildman, Michael Lowy, James Membrez, Trina Grillo (Contribution by)
 

Affirmative action remains a hotly contested issue on our political landscape, yet the institutionalized systems of privilege which uphold the status quo remain unchallenged. Many Americans who advocate a merit-based, race-free worldview do not acknowledge the systems of privilege which benefit them. For example, many Americans rely on a social and sometimes even

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Affirmative action remains a hotly contested issue on our political landscape, yet the institutionalized systems of privilege which uphold the status quo remain unchallenged. Many Americans who advocate a merit-based, race-free worldview do not acknowledge the systems of privilege which benefit them. For example, many Americans rely on a social and sometimes even financial inheritance from previous generations. This inheritance, unlikely to be forthcoming if one's ancestors were slaves, privileges whiteness, maleness, and heterosexuality.

In this important volume, scholars positioned differently with respect to white privilege examine how privilege of all forms manifests itself and how we can, and must, be aware of invisible privilege in our daily lives. Individual chapters focus on language, the workplace, the implications of comparing racism and sexism, race-based housing privilege, the dream of diversity and the cycle of exclusion, the rule of law and invisible systems of privilege, and the power of law to transform society.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
In eight previously published essays, Wildman and her colleagues describe how white privilege reinforces the existing racial status quo and overlaps and interacts with other systems of privilege, including those based on gender, sexual orientation, economic wealth, physical ability, and religion. They discuss the workplace, housing, the media, diversity and exclusion, the legal system, the role of schools in making privilege visible, and other dimensions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814792988
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Series:
Critical America Series
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Wildman is Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law, where she also directs the Center for Social Justice and Public Service.

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