White Reign: Deploying Whiteness in America

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What does it mean to be white in today's society? Is whiteness an ethnicity? White Reign tackles questions like these by examining whiteness as a cultural concept that our society has created and exposing the systems that teach us how we think about race, including schools, media, and even cyberspace. These essays examine the construction of white identity and the possibility of reshaping whiteness in a progressive, nonracist manner, presenting a culture of whiteness that can be employed by educators, parents, ...

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Overview

What does it mean to be white in today's society? Is whiteness an ethnicity? White Reign tackles questions like these by examining whiteness as a cultural concept that our society has created and exposing the systems that teach us how we think about race, including schools, media, and even cyberspace. These essays examine the construction of white identity and the possibility of reshaping whiteness in a progressive, nonracist manner, presenting a culture of whiteness that can be employed by educators, parents, and citizens concerned with racial justice.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The editors of this book see race as a cultural and social phenomenon (or 'cultural concept') rather than a biological one.” —Library Journal

“This book is particularly concerned with the backlash against multiculturalism.” —Hungry Mind Review

“This collection of essays works to discover, construct, and reconstruct an appropriate name for the racial identity of European Americans. . .[The] contributors do an excellent job.” —Contemporary Sociology

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Contributors show how whiteness is learned and deployed via a variety of social forces, including schools, media, and cyberspace. They look at ideas behind concepts like reverse racism and white privilege, helping readers decipher the hidden message of what being white means in our race-conscious society. They examine the construction of white identity and the possibility of reshaping whiteness in a progressive, nonracist manner. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312224752
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Series: Sociology Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe L. Koncheloe teaches at Brooklyn College and Penn State University and Shirley R. Steinberg teaches at Adelphi University. They are co-editors of Measured Lies. Nelson M. Rpdriguez teaches at Ohio University and Ronald E. Chennault teaches at DePaul University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword—Michael Apple

I: Theory and Pedagogy

• Addressing the Crisis of Whiteness—Joe L. Kincheloe and Shirley R. Steinberg

• Emptying the Content of Whiteness—Nelson M. Rodriguez

• Whiteness Is . . . The Struggle for Postcolonial Hybridity—Peter McLaren

• Is the Benign Really Harmless?—Frances V. Rains

• America’s Racial Unconscious—Monica Beatriz deMello Patterson

• Youth, Memory-Work, and the Radical Politics of Whiteness—Henry A. Giroux

• "They Got the Paradigm and Painted it White"—Frances Maher and Mary Kay Thompson Tetreault

• Educating the White Teacher as Ally—Connie Titone

• Perspectives of the Curriculum of Whiteness—Ladislaus Semali

II: Culture and Pedagogy

• Developing a Media Literacy of Whiteness in Advertising—Daniel R. Nicholson

• Whitewashing "The Strip"—Barbara G. Brents and Melissa J. Monson

• Okie Narratives—Clinton B. Allison

• Once Upon a Time When We Were White—Karen Anijar

• Computer-Assisted Racism—Vicki K. Carter

• The Learning Organization—Sharon L. Howell

• Interview with Michael Eric Dyson—Ronald E. Chennault

• Afterword—Cameron McCarthy

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