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White women, race matters : the social construction of whiteness

Author: Ruth Frankenberg
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©1993
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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, the author examines, through 30 life-history interviews, just how this "whiteness" is constructed. "Whiteness" is not an empty signifier, but rather a multifaceted daily experience of racial structuring, and through ethnographic descriptions of the 30 womens' lives,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Entretiens
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Frankenberg
ISBN: 0816622582 9780816622580 0816622574 9780816622573
OCLC Number: 27898345
Description: x, 289 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: Points of Origin, Points of Departure --
2. White on White: The Interviewees and the Method --
3. Growing Up White: The Social Geography of Race --
4. Race, Sex, and Intimacy I: Mapping a Discourse --
5. Race, Sex, and Intimacy II: Interracial Couples and Interracial Parenting --
6. Thinking Through Race --
7. Questions of Culture and Belonging --
Epilogue: Racism, Antiracism, and the Meaning of Whiteness --
Appendix: The Women Who Were Interviewed.
Responsibility: Ruth Frankenberg.

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A powerful analysis of the social construction of "whiteness". The book examines and documents the unique experiences of white women and their coming to racial consciousness.  Read more...

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