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White Privilege,9781429242202

White Privilege

Edition: 5th
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 5/21/2015
Publisher(s): Worth Publishers


Vital, eye-opening, and powerful, this unique anthology expertly presents the significance and complexity of whiteness today and illuminates the nature of privilege and power in our society. White Privilege leads students through the ubiquity and corresponding invisibility of whiteness; the historical development of whiteness and its role in race relations over time; the real everyday effects of privilege and its opposite, oppression; and finally, how our system of privilege can be changed.

The thoroughly updated fifth edition explores:

  • color-blind racism
  • virtual probation
  • socioeconomic privilege versus. racial privilege
  • racial profiling,
  • how immigration and questions of citizenship are historically tied to understandings of race
  • the racial positioning of groups that are neither white nor black
  • the commonalities and diverse experiences of people of color,
  • "flying while brown"
  • the politics of respectability in the age of Obama, and more.

Author Biography

Paula S. Rothenberg is a Senior Fellow at The Murphy Institute, City University of New York and Professor Emerita at William Patterson University of New Jersey.   From 1989 to 2006 she served as Director of The New Jersey Project on Inclusive Scholarship, Curriculum, and Teaching.   She is the author of several books including the autobiographical Invisible Privilege: A Memoir about Race, Class, and Gender.   With Worth Publishers she has auhored four titles--the best-selling Race, Class, and Gender; White Privilege; Beyond Borders; and her newest title What's the Problem? She is also co-editor of a number of anthologies including Creating and Inclusive College Curriculum:  A Teaching Sourcebook from the New Jersey Project and Feminist Frameworks: Alternative Theoretical Accounts of the Relations between Women and Men, one of the first women’s studies texts.   Her articles and essays appear in journals and anthologies across the disciplines and have been widely reprinted.    Her work was instrumental in the creation of women’s studies and multicultural studies as academic disciplines. 

Table of Contents


Part 1: Whiteness: The Power of Invisibility

  1. The Matter of Whiteness- Richard Dyer
  2. Failing to See- Harlon Dalton
  3. NEW: The Invisible Whiteness of Being- Derald Wing Sue
  4. EXPANDED: Representations of Whiteness in the Black Imagination- bell hooks
  5. NEW: Dead Black Man, Just Walking-William David Hart

Questions for Thinking Writing and Discussion for Part One


Part 2: Whiteness: The Power of the Past

  1. The Roots of Racial Classification- Philip C. Wander, Judith N. Martin, and Thomas K. Nakayama
  2. NEW: The Chinese Exclusion Example: Race, Immigration, and American Gatekeeping, 1882-1924—Erika Lee
  3. How White People Became White- James E. Barrett and David Roediger
  4. How Jews Became White Folks- Karen Brodkin
  5. Becoming Hispanic: Mexican Americans and Whiteness- Neil Foley
  6. The Possessive Investment in Whiteness- George Lipsitz
  7. Global White Supremacy- Charles W. Mills
  8. NEW: Neither Black nor White- Angelo N. Ancheta

Questions for Thinking Writing and Discussion for Part Two


Part 3: Whiteness: The Power of Privilege

  1. Making Systems of Privilege Visible- Stephanie M. Wildman with Adrienne D. Davis
  2. Privilege as Paradox- Allan G. Johnson
  3. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack- Peggy McIntosh
  4. White Privilege/White Supremacy- Robert Jensen
  5. Membership Has Its Privileges: Thoughts on Acknowledging and Challenging Whiteness- Tim Wise
  6. NEW: Are Iranians People of Color? Persians, Muslim and Model Minority Race Politics- Alex Shams
  7. NEW: My Class Didn’t Trump My Race: Using Oppression to Face Privilege-Robin DiAngelo
  8. NEW: I Taught My Black Kids That Their Elite Upbringing Would Protect Them From Discrimination. I Was Wrong—Lawrence Otis Graham
  9. NEW: Where do We Go After Ferguson?- Michael Eric Dyson

Questions for Thinking Writing and Discussion for Part Three


Part 4: Whiteness: The Power of Resistance

  1. Breaking the Silence- Beverly Tatum
  2. Confronting One's Own Racism- Joe Feagin and Hernan Vera
  3. UPDATED: How White People Can Serve as Allies to People of Color in the Struggle to End Racism- Paul Kivel

Questions for Thinking Writing and Discussion for Part Four


Suggestions for Further Reading



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