Working through Whiteness

International Perspectives

Edited by Cynthia Levine-Rasky

Subjects: Cultural Studies
Series: SUNY series, INTERRUPTIONS: Border Testimony(ies) and Critical Discourse/s
Paperback : 9780791453407, 371 pages, April 2002
Hardcover : 9780791453391, 371 pages, April 2002

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Table of contents


Cynthia Levine-Rasky

I. Contexts of Whiteness

1. Whiteness and The Great Law of Peace
David Bedford and W. Thom Workman

2. "The Iniquitoous Practice of Women": Prostitution and the Making of White Spaces in British Columbia, 1898–1905
Renisa Mawani

3. A White World? Whiteness and the Meaning of Modernity in Latin America and Japan
Alastair Bonnett

4. White Noise: Australia's Struggle with Multiculturalism
Andrew Jakubowicz

II. Studies in Whiteness

5. A Room without a View: Social Distance and the Structuring of Privileged Identity
Michael Alan Sacks and Marika Lindholm

6. Looking at the Invisible: A Q-Methodological Investigation of Young White Women's Constructions of Whiteness
Stephanie Kellington

7. Building a Home on a Border: How Single White Women Raising Multiracial Children Construct Racial Meaning
Jennifer A. Reich

8. The Impact of Whiteness on the Culture of Law: From Theory to Practice
L. A. Visano

III. Pedagogies for Whiteness

9. "In Whiteset England": New Subject Positions for White Youth in the Post–Imperial Moment
Anoop Nayak

10. When the Big Snow Melts: White Women Teaching in Canada's North
Helen Harper

11. Developing Feminist Pedagogical Practices to Complicate Whiteness and Work with Defensiveness
Jessica Ringrose

12. Critical/Relational/Contextual: Toward a Model for Studying Whiteness
Cynthia Levine-Rasky

List of Contributors


Embraces the leading edge in critical race theory.


What is whiteness? What is gained by claiming it as a critical perspective in anti-racism work? How do whiteness studies both redeem and assert the white subject? Working through Whiteness explores these questions through essays by Canadian, American, British, and Australian scholars, reflecting the broad array of academic inquiry into whiteness in the areas of law, ethics, education, feminism, politics, psychology, sociology, criminology, and social geography. Rarely has knowledge of whiteness as the practice of social domination been drawn from this far and wide. By embracing the leading edge in critical theory, this book is a crucial addition to the growing literature on whiteness.

Cynthia Levine-Rasky is Instructor in the Division of Social Science at York University.


"The international focus is quite important. It will not only help students and others to recognize that whiteness is a global issue but also will broaden the academic dialogue on whiteness, which has been dominated by U. S. academic perspectives. This book will contribute to the growing number of discourses that are attempting in profound ways to bring the field of white studies to bear on questions of schooling, education, and educational administration within the context of concerns for equity and social justice. " — Nelson Rodriguez, coeditor of Dismantling White Privilege: Pedagogy, Politics, and Whiteness