White women, race matters : the social construction of whiteness (Book, 1993) [WorldCat.org]
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White women, race matters : the social construction of whiteness

Author: Ruth Frankenberg
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©1993
Series: Gender, racism, ethnicity.
Edition/Format:   Print book   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Frankenberg
ISBN: 0816622582 9780816622580 0816622574 9780816622573 0415105102 9780415105101 0415105110 9780415105118
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.
Series Title: Gender, racism, ethnicity.
Responsibility: Ruth Frankenberg.


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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