White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race

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Stanford University Press, Aug 22, 2012 - Social Science - 296 pages
Discussions of race are inevitably fraught with tension, both in opinion and positioning. Too frequently, debates are framed as clear points of opposition—us versus them. And when considering white racial identity, a split between progressive movements and a neoconservative backlash is all too frequently assumed. Taken at face value, it would seem that whites are splintering into antagonistic groups, with differing worldviews, values, and ideological stances. White Bound investigates these dividing lines, questioning the very notion of a fracturing whiteness, and in so doing offers a unique view of white racial identity. Matthew Hughey spent over a year attending the meetings, reading the literature, and interviewing members of two white organizations—a white nationalist group and a white antiracist group. Though he found immediate political differences, he observed surprising similarities. Both groups make meaning of whiteness through a reliance on similar racist and reactionary stories and worldviews. On the whole, this book puts abstract beliefs and theoretical projection about the supposed fracturing of whiteness into relief against the realities of two groups never before directly compared with this much breadth and depth. By examining the similarities and differences between seemingly antithetical white groups, we see not just the many ways of being white, but how these actors make meaning of whiteness in ways that collectively reproduce both white identity and, ultimately, white supremacy.
 

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Contents

Racists versus Antiracists?
1
Navigating White Nationalists National Equality for All
19
Everyday Activities with Antiracists Whites for Racial Justice
45
White Panic
62
The Ironic Value of Dishonor
79
Saviors and Segregation
113
Color Capital and White Debt
148
Hailing Whiteness
170
Beyond Good and Evil
184
A Primer on Nationalism and Antiracism
197
Research Methodology
209
Notes on Decisions Difficulty Development and Dangers
223
Notes
239
Works Cited
259
Index
279
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Matthew Hughey is Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut. He is the co-editor of The Obamas and a (Post) Racial America? (2011), Black Greek-Letter Organizations, 2.0: New Directions in the Study of African American Fraternities and Sororities (2011), and 12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today (2010), and a frequent voice in national media, including NPR, ABC News, The Huffington Post, Inside Higher Education, and The New York Times.

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