Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-7425-9997-0 • Hardback • January 2011 • $142.00 • (£109.00)
978-0-7425-9998-7 • Paperback • January 2011 • $60.00 • (£46.00)
978-0-7425-9999-4 • eBook • January 2011 • $57.00 • (£42.00)
Melanie E. L. Bush is associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Adelphi University. She has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and presented at a range of national conferences particularly in the fields of sociology and anthropology, and in 2003 she was a prize winner of the Praxis Award, given by the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists for outstanding achievement in translating knowledge into action in addressing contemporary social problems.
List of Abbreviations
Foreword by Joe R. Feagin
Chapter 1: The Here and Now
Chapter 2: White, Black, and Places "In Between"
Chapter 3: American Identity, Democracy, the Flag, and the Foreign-Born Experience
Chapter 4: Making Sense, Nonsense, and No Sense of Race and Rules
Chapter 5: Poverty, Wealth, Discrimination, and Privilege
Chapter 6: Cracks in the Wall of Whiteness: Desperately Seeking Agency and Optimism
Epilogue: How Things Change as They Remain the Same
About the Author
This new edition of Bush's influential study is a deeply researched guide to the contours, continuities, and 'cracks' of modern U.S. racism. It brilliantly shows how the exemption from racial oppression that whiteness grants to some Americans, locks them into other miseries.
— David Roediger, University of Illinois; author of How Race Survived U.S. History
In the rapidly growing field of studies interrogating the construction of whiteness, relatively few are grounded in ethnographic methods examining the everyday experiences of people in real time. Melanie Bush's Breaking the Code of Good Intentions brilliantly explores the everyday dimensions of how white Americans maintain and reproduce the inequalities of race through common interaction. Well-written and effectively argued, this study provides critical new insights and makes an important contribution to the social science literature about race.
— Leith Mullings, former president, American Anthropological Association, 2011-2013; Distinguished Professor, Graduate Center at City University of New York
Highly recommended text for any student, scholar, or community activist with an interest in the salient issues of race, whiteness, and social justice.
— Journal Of Educational Thought(Jet)
Praise for the first edition:
The field of whiteness studies is a complex domain laden with mines and misunderstandings. Melanie Bush has successfully traversed that field, bringing staightforward clarity and profound insight to the domain. Breaking the Code of Good Intentions provides rigorous empirical data, thick contextualization, and compelling interpretation to those who are interested in whiteness as a powerful cultural force. This book is necessary reading not only for those invested in whiteness studies but also for those attempting to understand the mutating nature of racism in the twenty-first century. Bush constructs a piece de resistance in the attempt to make sense of contemporary American culture. (Previous Edition Praise)
— Joe Kincheloe, McGill University
This highly compelling and thought-provoking book achieves this impossible task, and contributes significantly to the scholarship not only on sociology, critical race studies and related fields, but also on Critical Whiteness Studies, which engages a variety of disciplines across academia. The book engages an ongoing dialogue with the current issues of race and racialization in contemporary American society, extending the discussion of larger implications of everyday "doing race" to the global scene. Academically rigorous and theoretically sophisticated Everyday Forms of Whiteness invites the reader to commend Professor Melanie E. L. Bush for her superb explanation of the everyday thinking and practices of ordinary white people, while bearing the hope for a social and political transformative change both in the United States and across the globe.
— Critical Sociology
- Combines a powerful theoretical framework with compelling case studies and "on the ground" details
- Uses the context of higher education to analyze the role that race plays in everyday discourse, perceptions, and experiences
- Demonstrates the relationship between attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, and actions
- Historically contextualizes the experience of being "white" today
- Examines the idea that we live in a "post-racial" society
- Explores mechanisms that support the current racial hierarchy, then identifies "cracks in the wall of whiteness," or opportunities to challenge this hierarchy
- New edition features an online discussion guide and expanded analysis through a global lens
- Online supplemental materials include a free discussion guide, as well as sample surveys and discussion group questions