George Lipsitz is a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, San. Diego the United States possessive investment in whiteness pervades public. The possessive investment in whiteness: how white people profit from identity politics. Responsibility: George Lipsitz. Edition: Rev. and expanded ed. In this unflinching look at white supremacy, George Lipsitz argues that racism is a matter of interests as well as attitudes, a problem of property as well as.

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Lipsitz inverts many of the existing studies of racism in America to look at the role of whiteness.

So whiteness re-establishes its ‘natural’ order. Jan 13, Bridget rated it it was amazing.

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Open Preview See a Problem? If they could pass as white, they would fight for the lipsita of being infestment as such, be they Asian, Jewish, Irish, Hispanic, etc.

If you’re looking for a material analysis and explanation of racial divides in the U. Want to Read saving…. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The same is true for Mexican agricultural workers whose livelihoods were devastated by NAFTA and other so-called free trade agreements, explaining why so many now seek service-industry and other low-wage jobs in the US.

But if they work hard, succeed in school, and have ambition, the state is willing to hand them the equivalent of Moms Mabley’s Chinese newspaper [increasing obstacles to being successful]. This is a fantastic book which clearly explains how white privilege has been constructed and how it maintains its hegemony.


Just as the state uses gender roles and family obligations to compel behavior that serves its interests, powerful private interests also use the state to create, define, and defend gender roles and family forms consistent with their own goals.

The biggest absence is prisons, the criminalisation of young peoples of colour and some poor white people but them not so muchpolice brutality and control Probes into the ways that race determines life chances and structures experience in the contemporary United States.

And, more to his point in that section, many poor people do not have the means to move to areas of greater opportunity – a point Massey and Denton drive home in their book, American Apartheid which Lipsitz cites elsewhere.

George Lipsitz: The Possessive Investment in Whiteness

Thankfully, Lipsitz is always careful to direct the reader to other works that I assume offer greater depth and detail on a given topic. Overall a wonderful book. If you’re not, you should read it. A1 L56 Unknown. Discussions on Asian and Latino Americans are informative and fresh.

The Possessive Investment In Whiteness by George Lipsitz

kipsitz What this does is bring together a lot of people writing about this in a very narrative style that reads pretty easily. Lipsitz delineates the weaknesses embedded in civil rights laws, the racial dimensions of economic restructuring and deindustrialization, and the effects of environmental racism, job discrimination and school segregation. Clearly and engagingly written.

He also analyzes the centrality of whiteness to U. This book covers the topic well, though sometimes the author’s polemic detracts from his compelling data.

Molly Ivins once wrote of George W. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is a pervasive and pernicious system that restricts the political and cultural agency of African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Geprge every day.


The New Jim Crow: Addressing the common view that whiteness is a meaningless category of identity, this book aims to show that public policy and private prejudice insure that whites wind up on top of the social hierarchy. How White People Profit from User Review – Flag as inappropriate “How sad” that people most likely white Euro Americans can’t accept something that is at geogge point so commonsensical it takes a leading historian to point out its contemporary and historical existence: That is the ‘possessive investment’ in whitenes Five Stars.

Worth a read for all interested in challenging racism and fighting for social justice and equality. Attacking the common view that whiteness is a meaningless category of identity, Lipsitz shows that public policy and private prejudice insure that whites wind up on top of the social hierarchy.

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It fuels a discourse that demonizes people of color for being victimized by these changes, while hiding the privileges of whiteness by attributing the economic advantages enjoyed by whites to their family values, faith in ivnestment, and foresight–rather than to the favoritism they enjoy through their possessive investment in whiteness.

Read it and then research further to understand how identity politics benefit white people.

Very well-written, very convincing and intelligent.