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

View Cart Check Out. In this unflinching look at white supremacy, George Lipsitz argues that racism is a matter of interests as posseessive as attitudes, a problem of property as well as pigment. Above and beyond personal prejudice, whiteness is a structured advantage that produces unfair gains and unearned rewards for whites while imposing impediments to whitenesd accumulation, employment, housing, and health care for minorities.

Lipsitz delineates the weaknesses embedded in civil rights laws, the racial dimensions of economic restructuring and deindustrialization, and the effects of environmental racism, job discrimination and school segregation.

George Lipsitz: The Possessive Investment in Whiteness

He also analyzes the centrality of whiteness to U. This revised and expanded edition also includes an essay about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on working class Blacks in New Orleans, whose perpetual struggle for dignity and self determination has been obscured by the city’s image as a tourist party town.


Excerpt Excerpt available at www. Praise for the First Edition: Lipsitz takes a variety of angles on ljpsitz workings of whiteness All of these discussions are productive; some of them are dazzling This is a terrifically important book.

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With lucidity and passion, George Lipsitz reveals that so-called ‘color-blind’ public policy actually contributes to the maintenance of racism; possssive white privilege and the demonizing possesdive 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.

His insights into how the color line works in the realm of public policy, politics, and culture, and what we must do to destroy it, can save our lives.

Kelleyauthor of Yo’ Mama’s Disfunktional! What sets his work still more remarkably apart ivestment the discipline never to abuse that trust This book is a case in point. As rigorous as it is creative, this collection combines a firm grasp of the material roots and consequences of white supremacy with striking cultural criticism.


Few works on whiteness discuss past and present together with such subtlety, care and passion. Roediger “Lipsitz is egorge known for showing how popular culture and the changing fortunes of the working class and people of color transformed the United States after World War II. This new book brings together his fierce passion for racial justice with his talent for cultural analysis.

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The Possessive Investment In Whiteness by George Lipsitz

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