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Gratifications of Whiteness W. E. B. du Bois and the Enduring Rewards of Anti-Blackness

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ISBN-10: 0197556779

ISBN-13: 9780197556771

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ella Myers

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The first book-length study of W.E.B. Du Bois's conceptualization of American whiteness. W. E. B. Du Bois famously argued that whiteness in the US in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries functioned as a "public and psychological wage," offering valuable social standing to even the poorest of whites. Such "compensation," dependent on the devaluation of Black existence, helped secure the US capitalist regime and prevent interracial class solidarity. This book argues that Du Bois's influential account of compensatory whiteness is crucially important, but also incomplete. For Du Bois, whiteness was never one thing, but many. Focusing on Du Bois's middle-period work (about…    
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Book details

Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/21/2022
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.06" wide x 9.17" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English