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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Civil Rights Laws and White Privilege 3. Should be a must-read for anyone vested in progress in the USA, and in the erasure of “race” divides in the favor of respect for cultural diversity and social health.

The Possessive Investment In Whiteness

That is the ‘possessive investment’ in whitenes Five Stars. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Feb 01, J.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Return to Book Page. He also analyzes the centrality of whiteness to U. As a white male, I have witnessed the mechanics of white privilege all my life.

Possessive Investment In Whiteness: George Lipsitz: : Books

This book is all about how the U. Jan 13, Bridget rated it it was amazing. Citing articles via Google Scholar. I argue that white Americans are encouraged to invest in whiteness, to remain true to an identity that provides them with resources, power, and opportunity [vii].


The Possessive Investment in Whiteness

I read chapter 1 for a book club. But if you’re already on this page in life generally, some of this book might just get possessige little repetitive. The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: This whitemess covers the topic well, though sometimes the author’s polemic detracts from his compelling data.

Apr 13, Lily rated it it was amazing. Today themtomorrow us. Feb 05, Soccermom rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

Sign In or Create an Account. The Mississippi of the s. That sums up my review. I plan on whitemess it cover to cover hence no stars right now. But the very danger that racism represents can serve constructive ends if it motivates us to create new ways of knowing and acting.

If they could pass as white, they would fight for the benefit of being labeled as such, be they Asian, Jewish, Irish, Hispanic, etc. This revised and expanded edition 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.


Also loved the occasional moments of sarcasm he worked in. 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 educational equity.

People of all groups-but especially white people because they benefit from that system-have to work toward eradicating the rewards of whiteness. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Don’t have a Kindle? Slavery after Rome, — Even in cases where possfssive groups secure political and economic power possessivd collective mobilization, the terms and conditions of their collectivity and the logic of group solidarity are always influenced and intensified by the absolute value of whiteness in U.

To be against whiteness is not to be against white people, per se.

That this is even controversial is a sad commentary on the ability of certain majoritarians to accept some accountability.