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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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Virginia: My warmest thanks to Babatunde, my three daughters, three grandchildren, and the rest of my supportive and inspirational network of family, friends, colleagues, and students, in California, Wisconsin, and Europe. Darren and Paul, the journey we have undertaken together to realise this book has been challenging but rewarding. I am grateful we could take it together. It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with you.

Darren: I offer my sincere thanks to my family for their love and support over the years of doing this work, and to my many generous colleagues who continue to inspire me. I am also grateful for all of the students I’ve been fortunate to teach and supervise, and whose ideas inform this work. My dear friends Virginia and Paul have been a pleasure to work with on this venture.

Paul: I wish to thank and acknowledge, in particular, Gina Thésée for years of engaging debate around the issues of identity and racism, George Dei and Carl James for their support and guidance over the years, Noah and Luka, and Chelsea and Sarah, who make the journey all the more meaningful, and my two wonderful colleagues, Darren and Virginia, who have weathered the storm of many valleys and mountains throughout the process of completing this book.

We would also like to thank Peter Lang for supporting us and the project, which we believe is an important one. We recognize the many colleagues...

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