White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness / Edition 1

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Through documenting the life histories of 30 white women, Frankenberg compellingly outlines the interplay of perception and reality in shaping the structures of racism. Rather than understanding whiteness as neutral and void of race, Frankenberg straightforwardly argues that whiteness and its accompanying privilege is crucial in structuring race relations. She proposes that the women she interviewed struggled to understand and to situate themselves within, or outside of, existing race relations and racial consciousness. For example, several subjects reported that as children, they never thought about race, while others, though raised in segregated and racist environments, found ways to challenge the status quo. Frankenberg explores our experiences and perceptions of race, sex and intimacy; she considers, for example, how white girls are taught to fear black men. This book is a valuable contribution to the study of the relationship of whiteness to race, and is a must for anyone concerned with issues of feminism and racism. Frankenberg is assistant professor of American studies at the University of California at Davis. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816622580
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 289
  • Sales rank: 522,542
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Points of Origin, Points of Departure 1
2 White on White: The Interviewees and the Method 23
3 Growing Up White: The Social Geography of Race 43
4 Race, Sex, and Intimacy I: Mapping a Discourse 71
5 Race, Sex, and Intimacy II: Interracial Couples and Interracial Parenting 102
6 Thinking Through Race 137
7 Questions of Culture and Belonging 191
Epilogue: Racism, Antiracism, and the Meaning of Whiteness 236
Appendix: The Women Who Were Interviewed 245
Notes 265
Bibliography 277
Index 281
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