The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class
Combining classical Marxism, psychoanalysis, and the new labor history pioneered by E. P. Thompson and Herbert Gutman, David Roediger's widely acclaimed book provides an original study of the formative years of working-class racism in the United States. This, he argues, cannot be explained simply with reference to economic advantage; rather, white working-class racism is underpinned by a complex series of psychological and ideological mechanisms that reinforce racial stereotypes, and thus help to forge the identities of white workers in opposition to Blacks.
In an afterword to this new edition, Roediger discusses recent studies of whiteness and the changing face of labor itself. He surveys criticism of his work, accepting many objections whilst challenging others, especially the view that the study of working class racism implies a rejection of Marxism and radical politics.
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Review: The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working ClassUser Review - Drick - Goodreads
This book gives an historical overview of how whiteness developed as a category of privilege and advantage in US history. Roediger is a labor historian and challenges the Marxist approach to racism ... Read full review
Review: The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working ClassUser Review - Paulm - Goodreads
Good book, but some of his connections seem a little, well, disconnected. Being from the South, I can buy his argument. But based on textual analysis alone....it's kinda weak. Read full review
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