1st Edition

The Intersections of Whiteness

Edited By Evangelia Kindinger, Mark Schmitt Copyright 2019
    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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



    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.