Critical Whiteness

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book analysis



I. The Book
II. The Author
III. Terms and Definitions
IV. The Author’s Motivation
V. Core Thesis
VI. Chapters under review
VII. summary
VIII. feedback
IX. enlargement upon aspects from the text
and critical discussion
X. conclusion
XI. bibliography

I. The book

Title: The social Construction of whiteness- white woman race matters
published by the University of Minnesota Press
seventh printing 1999

The book won the Jessie Bernard Book Award of the American Sociological Association in 1995 and praised to be an outstanding book by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights and by numerous editors.
The American Sociological Association Council established the Jessie Bernard Award in 1976 to recognize "work that has enlarged the horizons of the discipline of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society." (

II. The author (Ruth Frankenberg)

R.F. was born in 1957 in Cardiff, Wales, but grew up in Manchester, England. She moved to the United States at the age of twenty-two and began studying at the University of California at Santa Cruz where she accomplished a Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary history of consciousness department in 1988; in addition, she held an undergraduate degree in social and political sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK. Ruth dedicated her work on exploring the interconnectedness of feminism, race and cultural studies. In fact, she tried to maintain a critical perspective towards racial domination and multicultural curriculum development. “The Social Construction of Whiteness: White Woman, Race Matters” became the first book published under her name in 1993. Several essays called “Displacing Whiteness” in 1997 under her editorship were there to follow. In particular, they...