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1st Edition

The Intersections of Whiteness

ISBN 9781351112796
Published January 4, 2019 by Routledge
254 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Trumpism and the racially implied Islamophobia of the "travel ban"; Brexit and the yearning for Britain’s past imperial grandeur; Black Lives Matter; the public backlash against Merkel’s refugee policies in Germany. These seemingly national responses to the changing demographics in a multitude of Western nations need to be understood as effects of a global/transnational crisis of whiteness.

The Intersections of Whiteness brings together scholars from different disciplines to shed light on these manifestations in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Germany. Applying methodology stemming from critical race theory’s investment in intersectionality, the contributions of this edited collection focus on specific intersections of whiteness with gender, class, space, affect and nationality.

Offering valuable insights into the contours of whiteness and its instrumentalisation across different nations, societies and cultures, this incisive volume creates transnational dialogue and will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as critical whiteness and race studies, gender studies, cultural studies and social policy.

Table of Contents


Cynthia Levine-Rasky


Evangelia Kindinger and Mark Schmitt

Part I: White Epistemologies

Chapter 1

For the Common Good: Re-inscribing White Normalcy into the American Body Politic

Tonnia L. Anderson

Chapter 2

A Typology of White People in America

Matt Wray

Chapter 3

"I Wouldn’t Say I’m a Feminist": Whiteness, "Post-Feminism," and the American Cultural Imaginary Melissa R. Sande

Part II: Whiteness and Global Politics

Chapter 4

A Journey through Europe’s Heart of Whiteness

Vron Ware

Chapter 5

Liquid Racism, Possessive Investments in Whiteness and Academic Freedom at a Post-Apartheid University

Adam Haupt

Chapter 6

White Supremacy in the Trump Era: University Students and Alt-Right Activism on College Campuses

Adam Burston and France Winddance Twine

Part III: White Affects

Chapter 7

"Anyone Foreign?": Whiteness, Passing, and Deportability in Brexit Britain

Ariane de Waal

Chapter 8

‘Afrikaner Women’ and Strategies of Whiteness in Postapartheid South Africa: Shame and the Ethnicised Respectability of Ordentlikheid

Christi van der Westhuizen

Part IV: White(ning) Spaces

Chapter 9

Exploring White German Masculinity in Wilhelmine Adventure Novels

Maureen O. Gallagher

Chapter 10

Home-Making Practices and White Ideals in Ian McEwan’s Saturday and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus

Sarah Heinz

Chapter 11

50 Shades of White: Benidorm and the Joys of All-Inclusiveness

Anette Pankratz


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Evangelia Kindinger is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.

Mark Schmitt is Assistant Professor of British Cultural Studies at TU Dortmund University, Germany.