White Men on Race: Power, Privilege, and the Shaping of Cultural Consciousness

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Beacon Press, 2003 - Social Science - 275 pages
"White Men on Race illustrates the way privileged white men think about others; it is a major contribution to our understanding of racial privilege and its denial in our society."
—Hernán Vera, author of Screen Saviors: Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness

Based on the revealing and provocative testimony of approximately one hundred powerful, upper-income white men, White Men on Race shows how white men see racial "others," how they see white America, how they view racial conflicts, and what they expect for the future of the country. Covering a range of topics, from how they first encountered black Americans to views on black families, interracial dating, affirmative action, immigration, crime, and intervening in discriminatory situations, these hundred white men enlighten us on the racial perspectives of the country's white male elites as we enter the twenty-first century.

"Pulitzer prize nominee Joe Feagin's tremendous body of work consistently has placed race, class, and gender at the center of analysis. Feagin has been a leading social scientist in this area and a scholar relentless in his focus on power, privilege, and issues of discrimination. White Men on Race adds to his voluminous oeuvre by providing penetrating insights into the range of racial attitudes of the upper class in the U.S. Here Feagin and O'Brien's compelling analysis of rare data is quite provocative and illuminating."
—Dr. Bernice McNair Barnett, associate professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Learning about Whiteness
Perspectives on Whiteness
Perspectives on African Americans and Other Americans of Color
Issues of Interracial Dating and Marriage
Action and Inaction
Affirmative Action
The Multiracial Future
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Joe Feagin is professor of sociology at Texas A&M University. Eileen O'Brien is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Richmond in Virginia.

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