Habits of Whiteness offers a new way to talk about race and racism by focusing on racial habits and how to change them. According to Terrance MacMullan, the concept of racial whiteness has undermined attempts to create a truly democratic society in the United States. By getting to the core of the racism that lives on in unrecognized habits, MacMullan argues clearly and charitably for white folk to recognize the distance between their color-blind ideals and their actual behavior. Revitalizing the work of W. E. B. Du Bois and John Dewey, MacMullan shows how it is possible to reconstruct racial habits and close the gap between people. This forthright and persuasive analysis of the impulses of whiteness ultimately reorganizes them into something more compatible with our country's increasingly multicultural heritage.
Cover Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: "¡¿Que Haces Gringuito?!" Part 1. History 1 Bacon's Rebellion and the Advent of Whiteness 2 The Draft Riots of 1863 and the Defense of White Privilege Part 2. Pragmatist Tools 3 John Dewey and Inquiry 4 Race as Deweyan Habit 5 Du Bois and the Gift of Race 6 Du Bois's Critique of Whiteness Part 3. Contemporary Problems and Debates 7 Whiteness in Post-Civil Rights America 8 Contemporary Debates on Whiteness Part 4. Reconstructing Whiteness 9 Habits of Whiteness 10 Whiteness Reconstructed Conclusion: Gifts beyond the Pale Notes Bibliography Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Print version: MacMullan, Terrance Habits of Whiteness