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All about Eve, Critical White Studies, and Getting Over Whiteness

David R. Roediger

in Colored White

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233416
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930803 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233416.003.0001
All about Eve, Critical White Studies, and Getting Over Whiteness

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This introduction suggests that the contours of the critical study of whiteness in order to convey a working knowledge of the scholarship is further explored in later chapters. It then follows by a brief account of the way studying white identity has come into vogue in the recent past and of the far longer and more important tradition of such study by intellectuals of color. The book is divided into three parts. The first part makes the case that the United States is “still white” from other angles. The second part invokes the past to show that the sway of whiteness is not inevitable, unalterable, or simple. The last section determines the areas in which recent history suggests new possibilities for looking at the past and the future.

Keywords: whiteness; scholarship; white identity; United States; still white

Chapter.  9991 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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