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White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society

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One of the major features of politics in the past few years has been a renewed attention to race as a driving factor in both politics and everyday life. How, after decades of civil rights activism, do people from black and minority ethnic communities continue to be marginalized? In White Privilege, Kalwant Bhopal draws on social science research and political and economic ...more
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Published May 1st 2018 by Policy Press
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Ben Babcock
So let’s say you acknowledge white privilege exists. (If you don’t, you should back up and maybe read something like So You Want to Talk about Race.) But maybe now you’re wondering how much white privilege actually affects people, particularly when it comes to issues of education and the workplace. That’s what White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society tackles. Kalwant Bhopal carefully and in great detail pieces together a picture of how American and British schools, universities, and ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing was a bit too academic to love, but it provided some insight for me, an American, about the problems regarding race in the UK and how they do/don’t overlap with those in the US.
White Privilege – The Myth of a Post-Racial Society, written by Kalwant Bhopal, is a deeply researched and excellent study on how pervasive whiteness is and how white privilege operates at all levels of society in the UK (and the US). The book is chock full of relevant arguments and examples, as well as figures and studies to illustrate the arguments. Divided into 10 chapters, Bhopal leads us through main areas such as education, employment, and social environments where white privilege and ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Poppy, my sister (who doesn’t like a digital footprint due to her career choice) asked to read and review this book.
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One of the major features of politics in the past few years has been a renewed attention to race as a driving factor in both politics and everyday life. How, after decades of civil rights activism, do people from black and minority ethnic communities continue
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reserving my thoughts till a later date. This is a topic and conversation that needs to be had and I feel like it deserves more than just my at time of finishing book thoughts.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This should be required reading for every white person alive so they can understand why their responsibility for dismantling these widespread systems of inequality that plague the rest of us!
I have mixed feelings about this book hence the two star rating.

I'll start with the positive though. I think the first chapter titled "Race as a disadvantage" was such a good start and to me it felt quite strong that I finished it quickly and wanted to learn/read more. It explores topics that we as readers might already know such as white privilege, systemic privilege, free market, neoliberalism (which is still a concept that continues to confuse me but I think he explained it very well)...etc
"I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was 'meant' to remain oblivious
- Peggy Macintosh

This is a critical analysis of white privilege in the UK in the context of the government's neoliberal policies, with reference to Brexit, the labour market and a particular focus on education. It's a sobering examination of how pervasive and self-perpetuating this systemic privilege is and the catastrophic
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society compellingly presents the research that supports the reality of white privilege and its consequences in nearly every social, political and economic system. White privilege has become a buzz term, with few people understand what it means, how it has developed or how it operates within society. The flippancy with which White Privilege has been thrown around in discourse surrounding race and racism makes scholarly work like Bhopal's necessary. ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Undeniable is the fact we need to have honest harsh dialogues about race and white privilege. Unfortunately the very people who are benefiting the most from white privilege are the ones most resistant to acknowledging it exists, to say nothing of dismantling or reforming the rigged system.

This book is touted to be "rooted in dispassionate analysis" with its approach in tackling this complex issue. Divided into chapters, starting with a discussion of neoliberalism and the fallout from Brexit and
Tom Oliphant
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book provides an excellent empirical consideration of how racial discrimination disadvantages people of colour in terms of education; employment; housing, income and wealth. It is an up-to-date and forensic in its establishment of the depth and breadth of racial inequality in the UK. However, the idea of a post-racial society is a ‘straw man’, if by post-racial we mean a society where a person’s ‘race’ plays no part in their life chances. Racism is clearly endemic in the UK (and USA), but ...more
Dora Okeyo
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book explores the different aspects of whiteness and white privilege, race, education, poverty in the US and UK and policies that affect the society.
I had a rough idea of neoliberalism because over the years in Kenya public services like education can do health have been privatized. In regards to education there are at least five private schools within a five mile radius of a public school.
I was quite taken by the author's insight on neoliberalism that it's the "drive to privatize public
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of my New Year resolutions was to read more books that stimulate my mind. Thanks #netgalley in helping me achieve this goal with an ARC of
#whiteprivilegethemythofapostracialsociety by #kalwantbhopal.
This book contends that racism is systemic and in our society whiteness is privileged (as evidenced by social contexts in the US and UK). The author posits different levels of privilege within whiteness both in terms of intersectionality and particular kinds of whiteness that are favored in
Rhiannon Grant
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a useful book, although not exactly what I thought it was going to be! I think I'd hoped for more analysis of the mechanisms by which white privilege works, and instead Bhopal spends more time establishing that white privilege exists in all sorts of areas of life - with an emphasis on education and the labour market. I suspect that this is necessary in the current climate. It does contain some really good stuff, too; the contextualisation of modern racism in the neoliberal ...more
This is my unbiased review of "White Privilege," which I received as an e-book at no cost from NetGalley.

I did learn from this, but confess to being disappointed. I was expecting a book about the U.S. experience based on the description. It doesn't say a word about the majority of the book discussing the U.K. experience. I still read it, and while it is certainly worth reading, I do not think experiences or case studies are interchangeable between the U.K. and the U.S.

So if you want to learn
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to read this book to hear another point of view about white privilege. While the first few chapters were interested the fact that that “white privilege” was used almost every other sentence made the book get old real quick. The other half of the book was honestly boring and felt the author was repeating a lot of information said in previous chapters. Do I think white privelage exists? Yes I do but while this book started off with great potential it failed to keep going and became more ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Rating: 2.5 Stars

The Sweet: This book delves deep into a topic that all colored people know to be true. A copious amount of statistics were used to prove and back up white privilege. Though I knew of white privilege, Kalwant Bhopal studies white privilege in America and the U.K., opening my eyes to how white privilege works in the U.K.

The Sour: It was very hard to read this book at times because it read like a textbook. The information often times went over my head. I think the reach of this
Kader Kilinc
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
A great supplement to the lecture provided by Bhopal, regarding BME experiences in higher education (policy making), at Brunel University. This was an introduction to Bhopal’s work and no doubt will be further explored and referenced in my work.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Recently I have learned that it is important to read books that are out of my comfort zone. I have been dipping my toes into the world of non-fiction and have found it both enjoyable and rewarding. However this time I decided to step out further, select a book that would probably not be enjoyable but I would learn a great deal from it.

Before going into this book I knew that it would be heavy going. I expected this not just from the content but due to the way the author writes. My heart sank ever
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
While I found this book to be really dense and at times difficult for me to focus on, it has also helped me to be more aware of the privileges I carry in this world, even if the book didn't discuss the racism in my country.
Simi Kaur
A small insight into institutional racism in Britain and how this ongoing cycle creates pressure and oppression on BAME students.
Fiona Harvey
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye opening

Easy to read and well thought out and explained. This is a frank book and holds no punches. I found it interesting, informative and provided me with a new perspective as a white person I hadn’t experienced or thought about my own privilege.
It's taken me a couple of months to finish this book but I'm glad I did. Professor Kalwant Bhopal presents an academic text that analyses race relations in the US and UK, looking at racism in the labour force, education, housing, the limitations of equality policies, the Prevent agenda, and argues for a more complex understanding of whiteness in the UK in relation to traveller communities. These are just a few topics this book covers with a range of statistics, case studies, and analysis.

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