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Critical Multicultural Perspectives on Whiteness

Views from the Past and Present


Edited By Virginia Lea, Darren E. Lund and Paul R. Carr

Whiteness is a narrative. It is the privileged dimension of the complex story of "race" that was, and continues to be, seminal in shaping the socio-economic structure and cultural climate of the United States and other Western nations. Without acknowledging this story, it is impossible to understand fully the current political and social contexts in which we live. Critical Multicultural Perspectives on Whiteness explores multiple analyses of whiteness, drawing on both past and current key sources to tell the story in a more comprehensive way. This book features both iconic essays that address the social construction of whiteness and critical resistance as well as excellent new critical perspectives.

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Figure 10.1. The Whiteness Mainstream: Cultural Scripts That Function to Reproduce the Dominant Socioeconomic and Cultural Hierarchy. © Lea & Sims (2005)

Figure 10.2. Who Were Your Founding Fathers?

Figure 10.3. Truths I Never Learned In School.

Figure 10.4. Warning! Whiteness Causes Blindness.

Figure 15.1 Scheme for Theorizing Intersections of Whiteness, Middle Classness, Ethnicity, and Gender.

Figure 19.1 Fifteen Proposals for Education Students to Transform Themselves In/Through/With Education.

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