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Critical White Studies Looking Behind the Mirror

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Description: No longer content with accepting whiteness as the norm, critical scholars have turned their attention to whiteness itself. In Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror,numerous thinkers, including Toni Morrison, Eric Foner, Peggy McIntosh,  More...

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List price: $50.95
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 6/29/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.684
Language: English

No longer content with accepting whiteness as the norm, critical scholars have turned their attention to whiteness itself. In Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror,numerous thinkers, including Toni Morrison, Eric Foner, Peggy McIntosh, Andrew Hacker, Ruth Frankenberg, John Howard Griffin, David Roediger, Kathleen Neal Cleaver, Noel Ignatiev, Cherríe Moraga, and Reginald Horsman, attack such questions as:How was whiteness invented, and why?How has the category whiteness changed over time?Why did some immigrant groups, such as the Irish and Jews, start out as nonwhite and later become white?Can some individual people be both white and nonwhite at different times, and what does it mean to "pass for white"?At what point does pride in being white cross the line into white power or white supremacy?What can whites concerned over racial inequity or white privilege do about it?Science and pseudoscience are presented side by side to demonstrate how our views on whiteness often reflect preconception, not fact. For example, most scientists hold that race is not a valid scientific category-genetic differences between races are insignificant compared to those within them. Yet, the "one drop" rule, whereby those with any nonwhite heritage are classified as nonwhite, persists even today. As The Bell Curvecontroversy shows, race concepts die hard, especially when power and prestige lie behind them.A sweeping portrait of the emerging field of whiteness studies, Critical White Studiespresents, for the first time, the best work from sociology, law, history, cultural studies, and literature. Delgado and Stefancic expressly offer critical white studies as the next step in critical race theory. In focusing on whiteness, not only do they ask nonwhites to investigate more closely for what it means for others to be white, but also they invite whites to examine themselves more searchingly and to "look behind the mirror." Author note: Richard Delgado is Charles Inglis Thomson Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School. He is the editor of Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge(Temple) and the author of several books, including Failed Resolutions: Social Reform and the Limits of Legal Imagination, Words that Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech, and the First Amendment,and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize nominee The Rodrigo Chronicles: Conversations on Race and America.Jean Stefancic is Research Associate in Law at the University of Colorado Law School. She is co-author (with Delgado) of No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America's Social Agenda(Temple), Failed Revolutions: Social Reform and the Limits of Legal Imagination,and Must We Defend Nazis? Hate Speech, Pornography, and the New First Amendment.

Jean Stefancic  is Research Professor of Law at Seattle University and is the author of many articles and books on civil rights, law reform, social change, including No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America’s Social Agenda .

Acknowledgments
Introduction
How Whites See Themselves
The End of the Great White Male
White Racial Formation: Into the Twenty-First Century
The Skin We're In
The Way of the WASP
Hiring Quotas for White Males Only
Innocence and Affirmative Action
Doing the White Male Kvetch (A Pale Imitation of a Rag)
Growing Up White in America?
Growing Up (What) in America?
White Images of Black Slaves (Is What We See in Others Sometimes a Reflection of What We Find in Ourselves?)
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings
How Whites See Others
The White Race is Shrinking: Perceptions of Race in Canada and Some Speculations on the Political Economy of Race Classification
Ignoble Savages
Darkness Made Visible: Law, Metaphor, and the Racial Self
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Transparently White Subjective Decisionmaking: Fashioning a Legal Remedy
The Rhetorical Tapestry of Race
Imposition
Racial Reflections: Dialogues in the Direction of Liberation
The Tower of Babel
The Quest for Freedom in the Post-Brown South: Desegregation and White Self-Interest
"Soulmaning": Using Race for Political Economic Gain
Dysconscious Racism: Ideology, Identity, and Miseducation
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings
Whiteness: History's Role
Race and Manifest Destiny: The Origins of American Racial Anglo-Saxonism
The Invention of Race: Rereading White Over Black
"Only the Law Would between Us": Antimiscegenation, the Moral Economy of Dependency, and the Debate over Rights after the Civil War
The Antidemocratic Power of Whiteness
Who's Black, Who's White, and Who Cares
Images of the Outsider in American Law and Culture
Back to the Future with The Bell Curve: Jim Crow, Slavery, and G
The Genetic Tie
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings
Whiteness: Law's Role
White Law and Lawyers: The Case of Surrogate Motherhood
Social Science and Segregation before Brown
Mexican-Americans and Whiteness
Race and the Core Curriculum in Legal Education
The Transparency Phenomenon, Race-Neutral Decisionmaking, and Discriminatory Intent
Toward a Black Legal Scholarship: Race and Original Understandings
Identity Notes, Part One: Playing in the Light
The Constitutional Ghetto
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings
Whiteness: Culture's Role
Do You Know This Man?
The Curse of Ham
Los Olvidados: On the Making of Invisible People
White Innocence, Black Abstraction
Race and the Dominant Gaze: Narratives of Law and Inequality in Popular Film
Residential Segregation and White Privilege
Mules, Madonnas, Babies, Bathwater: Racial Imagery and Stereotypes
The Other Pleasures: The Narrative Function of Race in the Cinema
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings
White Privilege
White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondence through Work in Women's Studies
From Practice to Theory, or What Is a White Woman Anyway?
Racial Construction and Women as Differential Actors
The GI Bill: Whites Only Need Apply
Making Systems of Privilege Visible
Race and Racial Classifications
Reflections on Whiteness: The Case of Latinos(as)
Stirring the Ashes: Race, Class, and the Future of Civil Rights Scholarship
The Social Construction of Whiteness
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings
The Ladder of Whiteness
The Mind of the South
Old Poison in New Bottles: The Deep Roots of Modern Nativism
The First Word in Whiteness: Early Twentieth-Century European Immigration
Life on the Color Line
Others, and the WASP World They Aspired To
Beyond the Melting Pot
The Economic Payoff of Attending an Ivy-League Institution
Useful Knowledge
Stupid Rich Bastards
How Did Jews Become White Folks?
How White People Became White
Paths to Belonging: The Constitution and Cultural Identity
Is the Radical Critique of Merit Anti-Semitic?
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings
The Color Line: Multiracial People and "Passing for White"
Passing for White, Passing for Black
Black Like Me
The Michael Jackson Pill: Equality, Race, and Culture
Did the First Justice Harlan Have a Black Brother?
Learning How to Be Niggers
What Does a White Woman Look Like? Racing and Erasing in Law
La Guera
Notes on a White Black Woman
Our Next Race Questions: The Uneasiness between Blacks and Latinos
A Review of Life on the Color Line
What Is Race, Anyway?
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings
Biology and Pseudoscience
The Misleading Abstractions of Social Scientists
Caste, Crime, and Precocity
Embodiment and Perspective: Can White Men Jump?
Bell Curve Liberals: How the Left Betrayed IQ
Brave New Right
Race and Parentage
The Source of The Bell Curve
Hearts of Darkness
Thank You, Doctors Murray and Herrnstein (Or, Who's Afraid of Critical Race Theory?)
Dangerous Undertones of the New Nativism
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings
White Consciousness, White Power
The Rise of Private Militia: A First and Second Amendment Analysis of the Right to Organize and the Right to Train
The Changing Faces of White Supremacy
Hatelines: Week of Sunday, April 7, 1996
Blue by Day and White by [K]night
The Race Question and Its Solution
The American Neo-Nazi Movement Today
Talking about Race with America's Klansmen
Antidiscrimination Law and Transparency: Barriers to Equality?
White Supremacy (And What We Should Do about It)
White Superiority in America: Its Legal Legacy, Its Economic Costs
Synopses of Other Important Works
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings
What Then Shall We Do? A Role for Whites
Treason to Whiteness Is Loyalty to Humanity
How to Be a Race Traitor: Six Ways to Fight Being White
Rodrigo's Eleventh Chronicle: Empathy and False Empathy
Obscuring the Importance of Race: The Implications of Making Comparisons between Racism and Sexism (or Other Isms)
White Men Can Jump: But Must Try a Little Harder
"Was Blind, but Now I See": White Race Consciousness and the Requirement of Discriminatory Intent
White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness
Resisting Racisms, Eliminating Exclusions: South African and The United States
Dysconscious Racism: The Cultural Politics of Critiquing Ideology and Identity
What Should White Women Do?
Confronting Racelessness
A Civil Rights Agenda for the Year 2000: Confessions of an Identity Politician
What We Believe
Segregation, Whiteness, and Transformation
White Out
From the Editors: Issues and Comments
Suggested Readings
About the Contributors
Index

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