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Beginning with the premise that race shapes white women’s lives just as much as gender shapes men’s lives or sexuality shapes heterosexual lives, Ruth Frankenberg examines, through thirty life-history interviews, just how this “whiteness” is constructed. White Women, Race Matters does not, however, aim to point its finger at a monolithic “whiteness” as the sole cause of racism and sexism. Rather, it intelligently examines and documents the unique experiences of white women and their coming to racial consciousness. Frankenberg suggests that commonly held perceptions of “whiteness” as a hollow concept, and race and racial consciousness as the province of non-white people, are false. “Whiteness” is not an empty signifier, but rather a multifaceted daily experience of racial structuring and through ethnographic descriptions of the thirty women’s lives, Frankenberg provides evidence that “whiteness” is specific set of cultural practices. The only difference, she says, is that unlike other cultural practices, it is as yet both unmarked and unnamed.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction: Points of Origin, Points of Departure
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. White on White: The Interviewees and the Method
  2. pp. 23-42
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  1. 3. Growing Up White: The Social Geography of Race
  2. pp. 43-70
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  1. 4. Race, Sex, and Intimacy I: Mapping a Discourse
  2. pp. 71-101
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  1. 5. Race, Sex, and Intimacy II: Interracial Couples and Interracial Parenting
  2. pp. 102-136
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  1. 6. Thinking Through Race
  2. pp. 137-190
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  1. 7. Questions of Culture and Belonging
  2. pp. 191-235
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  1. Epilogue: Racism, Antiracism, and the Meaning of Whiteness
  2. pp. 236-244
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  1. Appendix: The Women Who Were Interviewed
  2. pp. 245-264
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 265-276
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 277-282
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 283-290
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816685097
Related ISBN
9780816622580
MARC Record
OCLC
560392128
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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