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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The Possessive Investment In Whiteness

Matthew Frye Jacobson; George Lipsitz. With lucidity and passion, George Lipsitz reveals that so-called ‘color-blind’ public policy actually contributes to the maintenance of racism; that white privilege and the demonizing of colored people are two sides of the same coin; and that whiteness is both a huge subsidy as well as a noose around the necks of working-class white folk.

This book is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Civil Rights Laws and White Privilege– 3. Unearned and unacknowledged, race-based advantages, not greater merit or a superior work ethic, account for white privilege.

I would say that Lipsitz helped to take critical race theory in a whole new direction with his work wihteness whiteness and privilege. Lipsitz may occasionally overindulge his tendency to psychologize, but to dismiss his account of whiteness as whitehess “organizing principle in social and cultural relations,” as L.

Whites in general investmeng become tired of people of color, particularity blacks discussing the issue of race and culture disproprotionality and disparity. Beyond Identity Politics 8. Sep 22, Claire Melanie rated it it was amazing. Whiteness and the Literary Imagination.

People don’t have to be racist, or even support racism, to benefit from entrenched, structural racism. Account Options Sign in. Good info for folks who deny privilege!

I first read this book in or and just re-read it this week. If you’re looking for a material analysis and explanation of racial divides in the U.


Passionately and clearly written, this wide-ranging book probes into the social and material rewards that accrue to “the possessive investment in whiteness. Lipsitz further continually returns to the efforts people of color to challenge white supremacy.

Oct 24, Mariah rated it it was amazing. Investmeht book also links US domestic white supremacy to US imvestment abroad. This book covers the topic well, though sometimes the author’s polemic detracts from his compelling data. Beyond this I have three quibbles with the book: User Review – Flag as inappropriate “How sad” that people most likely white Invedtment Americans can’t accept something that is at this point geoorge commonsensical it takes a leading historian to point out its contemporary and historical existence: Above and beyond personal prejudice, whiteness is a structured advantage that produces unfair gains and unearned rewards for whites while Interestingly, his new and very much an afterthought chapter on New Orleans is titled “Change the Focus and Reverse the Hypnosis” and goes on “shift the focus from the richest to the brokest.

Professor Lipsitz has written non-fiction that reads like a novel about America’s most unfortunate issue. View all 3 comments. Lipsitz inverts many of the existing studies of racism in America to look at the role of whiteness.

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Clearly and engagingly written. Only healing the wound that the knife had caused would show improvement. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. How Racism Takes Place. Very informative and enraging, but an important read especially for white people who continue to remain invisible and wonder why we can’t just all get along.

The author has presented information and fact as a consideration for food for thought. How White People Profit from This is a readable, engaging look at more than “whiteness” as a social construct but the ways in which those who benefit, presently and historically, from the construct possessively cling to its social currency, to the point, often, of delusional revisions of historical facts.


The Possessive Investment In Whiteness by George Lipsitz

Lipsitz’s ultimate point is not to condemn all white people as racists but to challenge everyone to begin a principled examination invwstment personal actions and political commitments. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

Many of the chapters would be very good for teaching a course on race and racism in America. Withoutabox Egorge to Film Festivals. I read chapter 1 for a book club. Get to Know Us. Bush that he was a man who thought he hit a home run when he was born on third base.

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. Lipsitz shows how this mindset has permeated the white, middle class and is central to the reproduction of systemic racism in the post-Civil Rights era US.

The problem with white people is not our whiteness, but our possessive investment in it. The black president – rather than the president – was the ‘oddity. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It offers a much-need yet little-studies perspective on the struggle for social justice. A wide-ranging text, Lipsitz engages with fields from sociology and history to cultural studies to address a number of topics. It’s written in the ‘s, so demographics and issues were a little different back then compared to now.

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.

Those who want to pretend the problem doesn’t exist will undoubtedly use the author’s passion as an excuse to dismiss the book. This book is a perfect companion to Dr.