1st Edition

Retheorizing Race and Whiteness in the 21st Century Changes and Challenges

Edited By Charles A. Gallagher, France Winddance Twine Copyright 2012
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    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


    Charles A. Gallagher is professor and chair of the department of sociology, social work and criminal justice at La Salle University, USA. He is a social inequality and race theorist who has published over 40 articles, reviews and books. His research examines racial and social inequality, immigration, urban sociology and the ways in which the media, the state and popular culture construct, shape and disseminate ideas of race. As a nationally recognized expert on race and social inequality he has given over fifty talks on these topics around the country and has appeared in television and radio interviews over seventy-five times.

    France Winddance Twine is an ethnographer and a feminist race theorist who has published more than 50 articles, reviews, and books. She has conducted field research in Brazil, Britain and the United States. Her research has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. She is the author of A White Side of Black Britain: Interracial Intimacy and Racial Literacy (2010) and Racism in a Racial Democracy: the maintenance of white supremacy in Brazil (1997) and an editor of 4 volumes including Feminism and Anti-Racism: international struggles for justice (2000).