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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Immigrant Labor and Identity Politics 4. This book is all about how the U.

The Possessive Investment In Whiteness

Clearly and engagingly written. This book covers the topic well, though sometimes the author’s polemic detracts from his compelling data. Very well-written, whitenews convincing and intelligent. Bill Moore’s Body– 1. Slavery after Rome, — Perhaps most important, he identifies the sustained and perceptive critique of white privilege embedded in the art and politics of the radical black tradition.

This book give us a chance to face our beorge fears, and perhaps become empathize with the oppressed. 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].

He demonstrates that whiteness and white supremacy pervade our culture–but a bit more of the focus for my taste should be on the institutions that benefit whites and their white supremacist results. Does he succeed in it? African retentions helped them understand their captivity as a crime; it encouraged them to resist the European American ideology that defamed them as less than human, that attributed their subordination to their own georye rather than to the historical actions of their oppressors.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Share your thoughts with other customers. If I was not retired from the classroom, my wgiteness would read this text.


The black president – rather than the president – was the ‘oddity. Lipsitz inverts many of the existing studies of racism in America to look at the role of whiteness.

Above and beyond personal prejudice, whiteness is a structured advantage that produces unfair gains and unearned rewards for whites while imposing impediments to asset accumulation, employment, housing, and health care for minorities. 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. Pulling the knife all the way out would not be progress either.

Don’t have a Kindle? 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.

The same is true for Mexican agricultural workers whose livelihoods were devastated by NAFTA and other so-called free trade agreements, explaining why so many now seek service-industry and other low-wage posseesive in the US.

Most users should sign in gelrge their email address. Jul 17, Myriam rated it it was amazing. I finished it and he still didn’t convince me of the motivation.

The Possessive Investment In Whiteness by George Lipsitz

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: Whites in general have become tired of people of color, particularity blacks discussing the issue of race and culture disproprotionality and disparity. Professor Lipsitz has written non-fiction that reads like a novel posswssive America’s most unfortunate issue. A wide-ranging text, Lipsitz engages with fields from sociology and history to cultural studies to address a number of topics.

Whiteness and War– 5. Oxford University Poswessive is a department of the University of Oxford. Immigrant Labor and Identity Politics– 4.

But if they work hard, succeed in school, and have ambition, the state is willing to hand them the equivalent of Moms Mabley’s Chinese newspaper [increasing obstacles to being successful]. They knew that the state would lose more money in federal aid to education based on school enrollment, for example than it would save by cutting off benefits to undocumented workers and their whtieness, that denying medical treatment to people in need of care would cause more financial and social damage to the state through unchecked epidemics and untreated diseases than such measures would save in tax revenues.


Things have changed enough that we elected our first hal Another book from my college days that I wanted to read in full before donating to declutter my collection.

You do not currently have access to this article. Excerpt Excerpt available at www. The last third, less so, though you might enjoy it. It’s written in the ‘s, so demographics and issues were a little different back then compared to now. Moral of the story according to Himes is a Black man gets a big car, white men will hate him for it. 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.

Temple University Press Amazon. It’s about being aware of and against a system. But not much, especially with Trump running for President now. As a white male, I have witnessed the mechanics of white privilege all my life. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But it feel somewhat introductory or lacking in depth at times. This work is an amazing assessment of white privilege!