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Whiteness Fractured

1st Edition

By Cynthia Levine-Rasky


256 pages

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Whiteness Fractured examines the many ways in which whiteness is conceptualized today and how it is understood to operate and to effect social relationships. Exploring the intersections between whiteness, social class, ethnicity and psychosocial phenomena, this book is framed by the question of how whiteness works and what it does. With attention to central concepts and the history of whiteness, it explains the four ways in which whiteness works. In its examination of the outward and inward fractures of whiteness, the book sheds light on both its connections with social class and ethnicity and with the 'epistemology of ignorance' and the psychoanalytic. Representing the long career of whiteness on the one hand and investigating its expansion into new areas on the other, Whiteness Fractured reflects the growing maturity of critical whiteness studies. It undertakes a critical analysis of approaches to whiteness and proposes new directions for future action and enquiry. As such, it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in race and ethnicity, intersectionality, colonialism and post-colonialism, and cultural studies.


"Whiteness Fractured provides a provocative synthesis of the field, all the while offering the author’s own perspective on where the field should continue to grow and develop…Whiteness Fractured is an excellent and thought-provoking read, and one that attests to the continued importance of critically engaging with whiteness as a “locus of power.”"

Emily Skidmore, Texas Tech University, Journal of American Ethnic History

About the Author

Cynthia Levine-Rasky is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University, Canada. She is editor of Working through Whiteness: International Perspectives and co-author of Teaching for Equity and Diversity: Research to Practice.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General