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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Everyone needs to read this book. But Again, a glimpse into a whole nother genre. 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.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. In this way, this book is a good starting point for navigating the vibrant and engaging field of antiracist political and inveatment scholarship. Apr 13, Lily rated it it was amazing.

I think this is in part linked to the aim of the book to appeal to potentially anti-racist white folks and to the Marxist “working class” analysis favored by Lipsitz. It often lapses into a universalist humanism that feels distinctly out of place in a book about white supremacy.

This geodge will get you angry in productive ways. This revised and expanded edition also includes an essay about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on working class Blacks in New Orleans, whose perpetual struggle for dignity and self determination has been obscured by the city’s image as a tourist party town.

Oct 24, Mariah rated it it was amazing.

This new book brings together his fierce passion for racial justice with his talent for cultural analysis. Praise for the First Edition: Bill Moore’s Body– 1.

This text would be required reading in my racism course! May 14, Jamia added it. Nielsen Book Data Publisher’s Summary In this unflinching inn at white supremacy, George Lipsitz argues that racism is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, a problem of property as well as pigment.


Lipsitz delineates the weaknesses embedded in civil rights laws, the racialised dimensions of economic restructuring and deindustrialization, and the effects of environmental racism, job discrimination, and school segregation.

Monomania of an obsessive. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Time is also given to how black people especially, have in their own creative ways, been able to communicate their realities via music, poetry, film etc. Addressing the common view that whiteness is a meaningless category of identity, this book aims to show that public gsorge and private prejudice insure that whites wind up on top of the social hierarchy. That is the ‘possessive investment’ in whiteness.

An important subject and a good intro. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Sep 22, Claire Melanie rated it it was amazing. If Lipsitz is going to set about positing theories of why things are as they are, he is if he is to be believed obliged to explain why his theory is correct and competing alternative theories are not.

The Possessive Investment In Whiteness

The book does an excellent whitness of linking racial formations and white supremacist politics to the political economy and the shifts in transnational capitalism.

From unenforceable laws to refusal to enforce the laws that did exist; government agencies, universities, police forces, Realtors, banks; this system works from the top, down, and back up again. We move through life without question. The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: Citing articles via Google Scholar.

Sadly, his rejoinder to specious claims of pervasive black cultural pathologies is an equally specious claim of pervasive white racial mendacity. I plan on reading it cover to cover hence no stars right now. Will be shipped from US. American Studies Race and Ethnicity History. Probes into the ways gforge race determines life chances and structures experience in the contemporary United States. References to this book Race in the Schoolyard: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


The Color of Law: Whites in general have become tired of people of color, particularity blacks discussing the issue of race and culture disproprotionality and disparity. And by whose standards are we measuring them? An opportunity with access to embrace your personal discomfort “authentically”!!!

I’ve taught theories of whiteness for twenty years. But really, what this book is best at is giving you the shape of arguments being made and where to go to further delve into them.

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Lipsitz makes “racism” a phenomenon that can detected and tracked. He also shows how people of color have been historically disempowered in the telling of their own narrative, robbed of their right to give their candid account of history without consequences. Temple University Press Amazon. View Cart Check Out. I don’t believe you can understand the privilege of whiteness without understanding the harassment, injustice and brutality too often fatal that peoples of colour have learned to expect from cops and the judicial system.

As a white male, I have witnessed the mechanics of white privilege all my life. Publication date ISBN alk. It demonstrates the reality of race in this country. The last few chapters– no, the entire second half of the book– just started to cover very discrete topics. The possessive investment in whiteness: He wastes no time in declaring that “Whiteness has a cash value