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Seeing White

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This interdisciplinary textbook challenges students to see race as everyone's issue. Drawing on sociology, psychology, history, and economics, Seeing White introduces students to the concepts of white privilege and social power. Seeing White is designed to help break down some of the resistance students feel in discussing race. Each chapter opens with compelling concrete ...more
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Published August 16th 2011 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published July 1st 2011)
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Scott Ransom
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This is an important book and I'm really glad that I read it, especially since I'm most certainly its intended audience -- a very privileged (on almost every axis) white man. It describes very well the many ways that privilege affects almost every aspect of modern life, including many subtle ways that I had never considered. It also nicely describes the massive amount of almost invisible institutional racism that pervades our society, and how that resulted from centuries of imperialism and ...more
It was good, has an important message and I learned a lot of new stuff.
However, it has some weaknesses. The language is correct and not difficult to read, but incredibly boring, which makes it feel like assigned rather than interesting reading, even when the contents is actually interesting. I could also wish that it would spend a little less space repeating itself and instead get more in depth with the topics which are interesting, but mainly only have the surface scratched.

However, for the
Rhiannon Grant
A well-written and clear textbook which explains and defines concepts as it introduces them. The use of worked examples is helpful (although some readers might wish it was more explicit about its focus on the USA). The three authors draw on their personal experience and multiple disciplines (sociology, psychology, and economics) in a helpful way, and include materials which would make this easy to teach from or use for a study group, such as discussion questions.
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