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Portraits of White Racism

Portraits of White Racism

2nd Edition

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Gene Danich, Dick Wilson, John Harper
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  • Date Published: September 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521458108

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  • Challenging the notion that racism consists simply of prejudice in the minds of individuals, this book argues instead that racism is a set of culturally acceptable beliefs that defend the advantages whites have obtained in American society. The book is based on five chapters of interviews. The second edition is updated with a new preface, introduction, and epilogue that take into account both the recent sociological theorizing about racism and new research by Wellman.

    • The first edition is one of our bestselling sociology books (total sales 13,675) and is widely adopted
    • Updated to include recent sociological theorising about racism
    • Written in an accessible style
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    "Timely, provocative, and challenging." The Reader's Catalog Bulletin

    "...Wellman provides insight on how the racial ideas of scholars filter into meanings of race for individual Americans....Wellman's exploration of white racism dramatically confirms the almost unconscious nature of racism....Wellman shows that race is a fundamental component of American national identity....Racism, as Wellman elucidates in his analysis, has its roots in the structure of the society, not in the separate psyches of flawed and prejudiced individuals." Debra Van Ausdale, Journal of American Ethnic History

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: September 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521458108
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 214 x 139 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the Second Edition
    Preface to the First Edition
    1. Introduction to the second edition
    2. Prejudiced people are not the only racists in America
    3. From theory to research and back again - a methodological discussion
    4. 'I favour anything that doesn't affect me personally' Gene Danich
    5. 'The trouble is all this suspicion between us' Darlene Kurier
    6. 'If I could do it, why can't they do it?' Dick Wilson
    7. 'Convincing people that this is a racist country is like selling soap - if agitators say it enough times people will believe it' John Harper
    8. 'There wouldn't be any problems if people's heads were in the right place'
    9. Toward a sociology of white racism
    10. Epilogue: from Bensonhurst to Berkeley
    11. Appendix: interview guide
    12. Bibliography
    13. Index.

  • Author

    David T. Wellman, University of California, Berkeley


    Gene Danich, Dick Wilson, John Harper

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