White males, 100 million strong, constitute approximately 35 percent of the U.S. population, a percentage that declines slightly each year. They matter very much to discussions of race, ethnicity, and gender in the US due to their numbers and the enormous influence they have wielded-and continue to wield. In this highly original and readable work, Dominic Pulera offers the broadest and most balanced treatment of the white male experience in America to date. He contends that virtually all white males are sharing the American dream with women and people of color, in response to the nation's changing demographics and the multicultural mindset that informs policies and attitudes in our nation. Some white males are sharing the dream voluntarily; others are doing so involuntarily. The author also explores the heterogeneity of white male America, taking into account such factors as age, ethnicity, ideology, social class, regional background, occupational status, and sexual orientation.
This timely work relies on a broad range of sources, including extensive field research and hundreds of interviews along with the best primary and secondary sources available. It includes original historical treatments, discussion of contemporary dynamics, and comparative material that takes into account the experiences of peoples in other countries. In doing so, Pulera places white males in the context of America's ongoing transition from a predominantly white country to one where people of color are increasingly numerous and consequently becoming more visible.
Dominic J. Pulera is an independent scholar who lectures and writes about issues related to race, ethnicity, and gender. In the wake of his first book, Visible Differences: Why Race Will Matter to Americans in the Twenty-First Century, he spoke at 13 universities on 4 continents and appeared on a one-hour segment of Book TV (C-Span). He has been a frequent guest on radio and television programs in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
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About the Author
Dominic J. Pulera is the author of Visible Differences: Why Race Will Matter to Americans in the Twenty-First Century
Table of Contents
ContentsPrologue: Sharing the DreamPart OneA NATION OF 100 MILLION1. WHITE AND MALEThe White Man ComethDefining AmericaIn and Out2. REBIRTH AND REGENERATIONAll AmericanLiving in AmericaWords Matter3. HETEROGENEOUS HEGEMONSThe Privileged Few? Onward and UpwardFamily LifePart TwoTHE DIVERSITY IMPERATIVE4. FAIR PLAYEquality for AllThe Value of DiversityKeeping the Faith5. THE POWER OF NUMBERSCalling the ShotsThe VanguardPlaying the Game6. THE AMERICAN PANTHEONAlive and WellChanging the NarrativeLegal TenderPart ThreeWHITE MALE IDENTITY POLITICS7. BIG MOUTHSProtean PosesAll TalkMad as Hell8. CHANGING AMERICAGoing to CourtThe Politics of Race and GenderTaking the Initiative9. THE PERILS OF PREJUDICEOn the Far RightWhite WrongsDoing the Right ThingEpilogue: Promises to KeepNotesIndex