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White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness

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Traditional debates concerning racially hierarchical societies have tended to focus on the experience of being black. White Women, Race Matters breaks with this tradition by focusing on the particular experiences of white women in a racially hierarchical society. By considering the ways in which their experience not only contributes to but challenges the reproduction of ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 16th 1993 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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Aug 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
This book analyzed interviews with white women on topics of race and racism in the '80's. It was overall a good book, though a little more academic than it needs to be. I would highly recommend reading at least the last two chapters, especially the one called "Thinking Through Race," which makes abundantly clear in a very powerful way (for me, anyway) the point that the way to end racism is through collective action.
Tiny Pants
If you're doing gender studies, skip it. If you're studying race, read it.

It's actually not helpful with the gender stuff at all -- it seems the author just studied women cause she's a firm believer in the 'you can only study your own group' thing. Kaaaay.

That said, she offers a really interesting discussion attempting to formulate what whiteness means, and how the ways whiteness is defined -- mainly through discourse about normalcy, invisibility, and boringness -- enforce white privilege. It's
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is essentially an oral history of 30 women and their perceptions of race- both their own (they are all white) and others. In doing this, the author is able to show the non-neutrality of whiteness and the ways in which keeping whiteness invisible buoys racism. This was the first book on Whiteness that I ever read, and it blew my mind.
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Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“White People are raced, just as men are gendered. And in social context where white People have too often viewed themselves as nonracial or racially neutral, it is crucial to look at the racial ness of the white experience.”
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Loved it, loved how she was practical, moved on from the initial topic to another with no shame to admit it. loved her honesty and enthusiasm on the subject.
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jan 27, 2011 marked it as to-read
Other authors (white women against racisim) Elly Bulkin, Lillian Smith, Sara Evans, Angelina Grimke, Helen Joseph, Melanie Kaye, Tillie Olsen, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Ruth Seid, Mab Segrest
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