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Making Whiteness : Vintage - Grace Elizabeth Hale

Making Whiteness

Vintage

Paperback

Published: 1st June 1999
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Making Whiteness is a profoundly important work that explains how and why whiteness came to be such a crucial, embattled--and distorting--component of twentieth-century American identity. In intricately textured detail and with passionately mastered analysis, Grace Elizabeth Hale shows how, when faced with the active citizenship of their ex-slaves after the Civil War, white southerners re-established their dominance through a cultural system based on violence and physical separation. And in a bold and transformative analysis of the meaning of segregation for the nation as a whole, she explains how white southerners' creation of modern "whiteness" was, beginning in the 1920s, taken up by the rest of the nation as a way of enforcing a new social hierarchy while at the same time creating the illusion of a national, egalitarian, consumerist democracy.

By showing the very recent historical "making" of contemporary American whiteness and by examining how the culture of segregation, in all its murderous contradictions, was lived, Hale makes it possible to imagine a future outside it. Her vision holds out the difficult promise of a truly democratic American identity whose possibilities are no longer limited and disfigured by race.

"A delightfully provocative book -- the most nuanced picture yet of the world view of segregationists." -- Austin Chronicle

ISBN: 9780679776208
ISBN-10: 0679776206
Series: Vintage
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 438
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 14.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1