George Lipsitz is a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, San. Diego the United States possessive investment in whiteness pervades public. The possessive investment in whiteness: how white people profit from identity politics. Responsibility: George Lipsitz. Edition: Rev. and expanded ed. In this unflinching look at white supremacy, George Lipsitz argues that racism is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, a problem of property as well as.

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I learned a lot about Dizzie Gillespie’s run for office that was real cool, but then he goes on to talk about how Chester Himes tells a story about his family buying the first private automobile in the county, which provoked white folks so much they got his dad fired and forced the family to leave the state! The Wages of Whiteness: We gain from being an academic, a writer, a speaker or singer, rather than a black academic, a black writer, a black speaker or a black singer.

It is not often that a author whitewill take a stand and become cannon fodder from his white peers,on white privilege and its impact on themselves and others.

I found chapter 5 How Whiteness Works: Please try again later. Jul 29, T. Physical description xx, p. He also analyzes the centrality of whiteness to U. Sadly, his rejoinder to specious claims of pervasive black cultural pathologies is an equally specious claim of pervasive white racial mendacity. This article is also available whjteness rental through DeepDyve.

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness

This new book brings together his fierce passion for racial justice with his talent for cultural analysis. It was about racism in housing discrimination, urban development, and economic restructuring.

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He argues that simply revealing the existence of these inequalities falls short; he insists that individuals benefiting from their undeserved privilege should be responsible for dismantling the system. This book is all about how the U.

In this unflinching look at white supremacy, George Lipsitz argues that racism is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, a problem of property as well as pigment.

Chapter 2 — a rundown of civil rights legislation and the way it has been eroded: Above and beyond personal prejudice, whitenwss is a structured advantage that produces unfair gains and unearned rewards for whites while James Baldwin is quoted before nearly every chapter, and perfectly sets the tone for the next topic.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. It’s better than I remember it being–and also a bit more caustic than I remember.

Sep 25, Genesee Rickel added it. If I was not retired from the classroom, my students would This text would be required reading in my racism course! Few works on whiteness discuss past and present together with such subtlety, care and passion.

George Lipsitz: The Possessive Investment in Whiteness

This book offers a wide ranging overview of a number of topics in anti-racist thought, but doesn’t always explore them in the depth I would have liked them too. George Lipsitz Limited preview – Lipsitz delineates the weaknesses embedded in civil rights laws, the racial dimensions of economic restructuring and deindustrialization, and the effects of environmental racism, job discrimination and school segregation.

Still it was good to touch on each of them. Investmejt takes a variety of angles on the workings of whiteness Whiteness has a cash value: Trivia About The Possessive In He lipzitz analyzes the centrality of whiteness to U.

It often lapses into a universalist humanism that feels distinctly out of place in a book about white supremacy. Beyond this I have three quibbles with the book: To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.


The Possessive Investment In Whiteness by George Lipsitz

But not much, especially with Trump running for President now. Adriana says this is a must read for over-privileged white people and that social service workers have to know about and acknowledge this concept. In this unflinching look at white supremacy, George Lipsitz argues that racism is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, a problem of property as well as pigment.

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness 2. In particular, he truly does a masterful job of cataloging and explaining the litany of awful things that are routinely done to communities of color.

Though I think I prefer Roediger. It’s written in the ‘s, so demographics and issues were a little different back then compared to now.

But the very danger that racism represents can serve constructive ends if it motivates us to create new ways of knowing and acting. He also shows how people of color have been historically disempowered in the telling of their own narrative, robbed of their right to give their candid account of history without consequences.

Refresh and try again. Appallingly poor educational infrastructure made available to black children — possessive investment in whiteness. That is the ‘possessive investment’ in whiteness.

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