Retheorizing Race and Whiteness in the 21st Century examines the role whiteness and white identities play in framing and reworking racial categories, hierarchies and boundaries within the context of nation, class, gender and immigration. It takes as its theoretical starting point the understanding that whiteness is not, and nor has it ever been, a static uniform category of social identification. The scholarship in this book uses new empirical studies to show whiteness as a multiplicity of identities that are historically grounded, class specific, politically manipulated and gendered social relations that inhabit local custom and national sentiment.
Contributors to this book examine a wide range of issues, yet all chapters are linked by one common denominator: they examine how power and oppression are articulated, redefined and asserted through various political discourses and cultural practices that privilege whiteness even when the prerogatives of the dominant group are contested. Retheorizing Race and Whiteness in the 21st Century is an important new contribution to the study of whiteness for academics, researchers, and advanced students of Ethnic Studies, Sociology, Political Science, and Ethnography.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Introduction: The future of whiteness: a map of the ‘third wave’ France Winddance Twine and Charles Gallagher 1. Repertoires for talking white: Resistant whiteness in post-apartheid South Africa Melissa Steyn and Donald Foster 2. ‘Who wants to feel white?’ Race, Dutch culture and contested identities Philomena Essed and Sandra Trienekens 3. Why does country music sound white? Race and the voice of nostalgia Geoff Mann 4. Walleye warriors and white identities: Native Americans’ treaty rights, composite identities and social movements George Lipsitz 5. White dreams and red votes: Mexican Americans and the lure of inclusion in the Republican Party Carleen Basler 6. The landscape of post-imperial whiteness in rural Britain Caroline Knowles
Race, ethnicity and nationalism are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the present global environment. New antagonisms have emerged which require a rethinking of traditional theoretical and empirical perspectives. The books in this series are based on special issues of Ethnic and Racial Studies, the leading journal for the analysis of these issues throughout the world. Expert authors and editors present interdisciplinary research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, international relations, history, social psychology and cultural studies.