George Lipsitz is a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, San. Diego the United States possessive investment in whiteness pervades public. The possessive investment in whiteness: how white people profit from identity politics. Responsibility: George Lipsitz. Edition: Rev. and expanded ed. In this unflinching look at white supremacy, George Lipsitz argues that racism is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, a problem of property as well as.

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Above and beyond personal prejudice, whiteness is a structured advantage that produces unfair gains and unearned rewards for whites while whitenesw impediments to asset accumulation, employment, housing, and health care for minorities.

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It’s written in the ‘s, so demographics and issues were a little different back then compared to now. Contents 1 The Possessive Investment in Whiteness. I read chapter 1 for a book club. Lipsitz explores how legislation has been historically formed to exclude people of color from gaining access to what is commonly considered valuable in America including asset accumulation, workplace protection, social capital, political empowerment, and housing and wyiteness equity.

This is a fantastic book which clearly explains how white privilege has been constructed and how it maintains its hegemony. Interethnic collaboration remains important in progressing the agenda of all people. It’s a good story. If you’re looking for a material analysis and explanation of racial divides in the U.

This interethnic solidarity among aggrieved racial groups was one of the main products of the World War II experience and one of its most important postwar legacies.


Adriana says this is a must read for over-privileged white people and that social service workers have to know about and acknowledge this concept. But if you’re already on this page in life generally, some of this book might just get a little repetitive. Return to Book Page. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

The Possessive Investment In Whiteness by George Lipsitz

Sep 22, Claire Melanie rated it it was amazing. Race whitenesss the Schoolyard: Describe the connection issue. Jan 03, Quin Rich rated it really liked it. The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: All whites do not have to be white supremacists. I’ve taught theories of whiteness for twenty years. But not much, especially with Trump running for President now. Yet like Ptolemy, Lipsitz has linked undeniable truths to self-aggrandizing nonsense in a way that obscures, rather than illuminates, paths to true and meaningful progress.

The History of White People. This is a readable, engaging look at more than “whiteness” as a social construct but the ways in which those who benefit, presently and historically, from the construct possessively cling to its social currency, to the point, often, of delusional revisions of historical facts. This new book brings together his fierce passion for racial justice with his talent for cultural analysis.

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Bill Moore’s Body 1. Whitenews read a lot of non-fiction, and I read a lot about race, class, gender, ethnicity, etc. Created by politics, culture, and consciousness, our possessive investment in whiteness can possessibe altered by those same processes, but only if we face the hard facts openly and honestly and admit that whiteness is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, that it has more to do with property than with pigment.


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Very well-written, very convincing and intelligent. Oct 12, Andy rated it it was amazing. The Color of Law: I learned SO much.

The first two chapters are my favourites in terms of theory roundup. It is a pervasive and pernicious system that restricts the political and cultural agency of African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Latinos every day. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. They are less likely than their white counterparts to have the money to enable them to take standardized tests over and over again so that their scores improve, to purchase the expensive courses that private entrepreneurs offer to boost scores on standardized tests, and to be in schools that offer advanced placement and other enrichment courses that colleges value in making decisions about admissions.

It is not often that a author whitewill take a stand and become cannon fodder from his white peers,on white privilege and its impact on themselves and others.