White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness

White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness

Ruth Frankenberg

Traditional debates concerning racially hierarchical societies have tended to focus on the experience of being black. EMWhite Women, Race Matters/EM breaks with this tradition by focusing on the particular experiences of white women in a racially hierarchical society. By considering the ways in which their experience not only contributes to but challenges the reproduction of racism, the work offers a rigorous examination of existing methodologies, practices and assumptions concerning racism and gender relations. Supported by extracts from in-depth life history interviews, EMWhite Women, Race Matters/EM provides valuable course material.

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