White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness

Traditional debates concerning racially hierarchical societies have tended to focus on the experience of being black. “White Women, Race Matters” breaks with this tradition by focusing on the particular experiences of white women in a racially hierarchical society. By considering the ways in which their experience not only contributes to but challenges the reproduction of racism, the work offers a rigorous examination of existing methodologies, practices and assumptions concerning racism and gender relations. Supported by extracts from in-depth life history interviews, “White Women, Race Matters” provides valuable course material.

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