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Critical White Studies - Richard Delgado

Critical White Studies

Paperback Published: 29th June 1997
ISBN: 9781566395328
Number Of Pages: 704

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No longer content with accepting whiteness as the norm, critical scholars have turned their attention to whiteness itself. In Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror, numerous thinkers, including Toni Morrison, Eric Foner, Peggy McIntosh, Andrew Hacker, Ruth Frankenberg, John Howard Griffin, David Roediger, Kathleen Neal Cleaver, Noel Ignatiev, Cherrie Moraga, and Reginald Horsman, attack such questions as: How was whiteness invented, and why? How has the category whiteness changed over time? Why did some immigrant groups, such as the Irish and Jews, start out as nonwhite and later become white? Can some individual people be both white and nonwhite at different times, and what does it mean to "pass for white"? At what point does pride in being white cross the line into white power or white supremacy? What can whites concerned over racial inequity or white privilege do about it? Science and pseudoscience are presented side by side to demonstrate how our views on whiteness often reflect preconception, not fact. For example, most scientists hold that race is not a valid scientific category genetic differences between races are insignificant compared to those within them.Yet, the "one drop" rule, whereby those with any nonwhite heritage are classified as nonwhite, persists even today. As The Bell Curve controversy shows, race concepts die hard, especially when power and prestige lie behind them. A sweeping portrait of the emerging field of whiteness studies, Critical White Studies presents, for the first time, the best work from sociology, law, history, cultural studies, and literature. Delgado and Stefancic expressly offer critical white studies as the next step in critical race theory. In focusing on whiteness, not only do they ask nonwhites to investigate more closely for what it means for others to be white, but also they invite whites to examine themselves more searchingly and to "look behind the mirror." Author note: Richard Delgado is Charles Inglis Thomson Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School.He is the editor of Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge (Temple) and the author of several books, including Failed Resolutions: Social Reform and the Limits of Legal Imagination, Words that Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech, and the First Amendment, and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize nominee The Rodrigo Chronicles: Conversations on Race and America. Jean Stefancic is Research Associate in Law at the University of Colorado Law School. She is co-author (with Delgado) of No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America's Social Agenda (Temple), Failed Revolutions: Social Reform and the Limits of Legal Imagination, and Must We Defend Nazis? Hate Speech, Pornography, and the New First Amendment.

How Whites See Themselvesp. 1
The End of the Great White Malep. 3
White Racial Formation: Into the Twenty-First Centuryp. 6
The Skin We're Inp. 12
The Way of the WASPp. 16
Hiring Quotas for White Males Onlyp. 24
Innocence and Affirmative Actionp. 27
Doing the White Male Kvetch (A Pale Imitation of a Rag)p. 33
Growing Up White in America?p. 34
Growing Up (What) in America?p. 36
White Images of Black Slaves (Is What We See in Others Sometimes a Reflection of What We Find in Ourselves?)p. 38
Synopses of Other Important Worksp. 46
From the Editors: Issues and Commentsp. 46
Suggested Readingsp. 47
How Whites See Othersp. 49
The White Race is Shrinking: Perceptions of Race in Canada and Some Speculations on the Political Economy of Race Classificationp. 51
Ignoble Savagesp. 55
Darkness Made Visible: Law, Metaphor, and the Racial Selfp. 66
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imaginationp. 79
Transparently White Subjective Decisionmaking: Fashioning a Legal Remedyp. 85
The Rhetorical Tapestry of Racep. 89
Impositionp. 98
Racial Reflections: Dialogues in the Direction of Liberationp. 106
The Tower of Babelp. 112
The Quest for Freedom in the Post-Brown South: Desegregation and White Self-Interestp. 117
"Soulmaning": Using Race for Political Economic Gainp. 125
Dysconscious Racism: Ideology, Identity, and Miseducationp. 128
Synopses of Other Important Worksp. 133
From the Editors: Issues and Commentsp. 134
Suggested Readingsp. 135
Whiteness: History's Rolep. 137
Race and Manifest Destiny: The Origins of American Racial Anglo-Saxonismp. 139
The Invention of Race: Rereading White Over Blackp. 145
"Only the Law Would between Us": Antimiscegenation, the Moral Economy of Dependency, and the Debate over Rights after the Civil Warp. 152
The Antidemocratic Power of Whitenessp. 157
Who's Black, Who's White, and Who Caresp. 164
Images of the Outsider in American Law and Culturep. 170
Back to the Future with The Bell Curve: Jim Crow, Slavery, and Gp. 179
The Genetic Tiep. 186
Synopses of Other Important Worksp. 190
From the Editors: Issues and Commentsp. 192
Suggested Readingsp. 192
Whiteness: Law's Rolep. 193
White Law and Lawyers: The Case of Surrogate Motherhoodp. 195
Social Science and Segregation before Brownp. 199
Mexican-Americans and Whitenessp. 210
Race and the Core Curriculum in Legal Educationp. 214
The Transparency Phenomenon, Race-Neutral Decisionmaking, and Discriminatory Intentp. 220
Toward a Black Legal Scholarship: Race and Original Understandingsp. 227
Identity Notes, Part One: Playing in the Lightp. 231
The Constitutional Ghettop. 239
Synopses of Other Important Worksp. 248
From the Editors: Issues and Commentsp. 248
Suggested Readingsp. 249
Whiteness: Culture's Rolep. 251
Do You Know This Man?p. 253
The Curse of Hamp. 255
Los Olvidados: On the Making of Invisible Peoplep. 258
White Innocence, Black Abstractionp. 263
Race and the Dominant Gaze: Narratives of Law and Inequality in Popular Filmp. 267
Residential Segregation and White Privilegep. 273
Mules, Madonnas, Babies, Bathwater: Racial Imagery and Stereotypesp. 276
The Other Pleasures: The Narrative Function of Race in the Cinemap. 280
Synopses of Other Important Worksp. 285
From the Editors: Issues and Commentsp. 288
Suggested Readingsp. 288
White Privilegep. 289
White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondence through Work in Women's Studiesp. 291
From Practice to Theory, or What Is a White Woman Anyway?p. 300
Racial Construction and Women as Differential Actorsp. 305
The GI Bill: Whites Only Need Applyp. 310
Making Systems of Privilege Visiblep. 314
Race and Racial Classificationsp. 320
Reflections on Whiteness: The Case of Latinos(as)p. 323
Stirring the Ashes: Race, Class, and the Future of Civil Rights Scholarshipp. 327
The Social Construction of Whitenessp. 330
Synopses of Other Important Worksp. 334
From the Editors: Issues and Commentsp. 334
Suggested Readingsp. 335
The Ladder of Whitenessp. 337
The Mind of the Southp. 339
Old Poison in New Bottles: The Deep Roots of Modern Nativismp. 348
The First Word in Whiteness: Early Twentieth-Century European Immigrationp. 354
Life on the Color Linep. 357
Others, and the WASP World They Aspired Top. 360
Beyond the Melting Potp. 368
The Economic Payoff of Attending an Ivy-League Institutionp. 378
Useful Knowledgep. 381
Stupid Rich Bastardsp. 387
How Did Jews Become White Folks?p. 395
How White People Became Whitep. 402
Paths to Belonging: The Constitution and Cultural Identityp. 407
Is the Radical Critique of Merit Anti-Semitic?p. 414
Synopses of Other Important Worksp. 420
From the Editors: Issues and Commentsp. 421
Suggested Readingsp. 421
The Color Line: Multiracial People and "Passing for White"p. 423
Passing for White, Passing for Blackp. 425
Black Like Mep. 432
The Michael Jackson Pill: Equality, Race, and Culturep. 438
Did the First Justice Harlan Have a Black Brother?p. 444
Learning How to Be Niggersp. 458
What Does a White Woman Look Like? Racing and Erasing in Lawp. 467
La Guerap. 471
Notes on a White Black Womanp. 475
Our Next Race Questions: The Uneasiness between Blacks and Latinosp. 482
A Review of Life on the Color Linep. 493
What Is Race, Anyway?p. 499
Synopses of Other Important Worksp. 501
From the Editors: Issues and Commentsp. 502
Suggested Readingsp. 503
Biology and Pseudosciencep. 505
The Misleading Abstractions of Social Scientistsp. 507
Caste, Crime, and Precocityp. 510
Embodiment and Perspective: Can White Men Jump?p. 512
Bell Curve Liberals: How the Left Betrayed IQp. 515
Brave New Rightp. 519
Race and Parentagep. 523
The Source of The Bell Curvep. 528
Hearts of Darknessp. 530
Thank You, Doctors Murray and Herrnstein (Or, Who's Afraid of Critical Race Theory?)p. 534
Dangerous Undertones of the New Nativismp. 538
Synopses of Other Important Worksp. 542
From the Editors: Issues and Commentsp. 542
Suggested Readingsp. 543
White Consciousness, White Powerp. 545
The Rise of Private Militia: A First and Second Amendment Analysis of the Right to Organize and the Right to Trainp. 547
The Changing Faces of White Supremacyp. 552
Hatelines: Week of Sunday, April 7, 1996p. 558
Blue by Day and White by [K]nightp. 561
The Race Question and Its Solutionp. 566
The American Neo-Nazi Movement Todayp. 573
Talking about Race with America's Klansmenp. 586
Antidiscrimination Law and Transparency: Barriers to Equality?p. 589
White Supremacy (And What We Should Do about It)p. 592
White Superiority in America: Its Legal Legacy, Its Economic Costsp. 596
Synopses of Other Important Worksp. 601
From the Editors: Issues and Commentsp. 604
Suggested Readingsp. 604
What Then Shall We Do? A Role for Whitesp. 605
Treason to Whiteness Is Loyalty to Humanityp. 607
How to Be a Race Traitor: Six Ways to Fight Being Whitep. 613
Rodrigo's Eleventh Chronicle: Empathy and False Empathyp. 614
Obscuring the Importance of Race: The Implications of Making Comparisons between Racism and Sexism (or Other Isms)p. 619
White Men Can Jump: But Must Try a Little Harderp. 627
"Was Blind, but Now I See": White Race Consciousness and the Requirement of Discriminatory Intentp. 629
White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whitenessp. 632
Resisting Racisms, Eliminating Exclusions: South African and The United Statesp. 635
Dysconscious Racism: The Cultural Politics of Critiquing Ideology and Identityp. 640
What Should White Women Do?p. 642
Confronting Racelessnessp. 644
A Civil Rights Agenda for the Year 2000: Confessions of an Identity Politicianp. 646
What We Believep. 653
Segregation, Whiteness, and Transformationp. 654
White Outp. 658
From the Editors: Issues and Commentsp. 664
Suggested Readingsp. 664
About the Contributorsp. 665
Indexp. 671
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ISBN: 9781566395328
ISBN-10: 1566395321
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 704
Published: 29th June 1997
Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 17.78  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.23