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White Identities: A Critical Sociological Approach

by Simon Clarke & Steve Garner - £27.99  Pluto Press (2009)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780745327488 | ISBN 10: 0745327486

The study of white ethnicities is becoming increasingly important in the social sciences. This book provides a critical introduction to the topic.
Whiteness has traditionally been seen as "ethnically transparent" - the marker against which other ethnicities are measured. This analysis is clearly incorrect, but only recently have many race and ethnicity scholars moved away from focusing on ethnic minorities and instead oriented their studies around the construction of white identities. Simon Clarke and Steve Garner's book is designed to guide students as they explore how white identities are forged using both sociological and psycho-social ideas.
Including an excellent survey of the existing literature and original research from the UK, this book will be an invaluable guide for sociology students taking modules in race and ethnicity.

"A brilliantly nuanced analysis of white racial identity in the 21st century ... The authors keep a clear focus upon the core issue: how white identity in its various forms is used to defend the advantages enjoyed by whites at the expense of racialised "others". "
(Woody Doane, University of Hartford. Co-Editor of White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism)

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