Jean Halley is a professor of sociology at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her first book about breastfeeding, children’s sleep, gender and parenting, Boundaries of Touch: Parenting and Adult-Child Intimacy, was published in 2007. That year, she also assisted Patricia Ticineto Clough in editing The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social. Halley’s The Parallel Lives of Women and Cows: Meat Markets, a combination of memoir and social history of cattle ranching in the United States, came out in 2012. Halley and Amy Eshleman published Seeing Straight: An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Privilege on gender and heteronormativity in 2017. Halley’s Horse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses, came out in 2019. Ron Nerio's and Halley's The Roads to Hillbrow: Making Life in South Africa’s Community of Migrants comes out with Fordham University Press in 2022.
Amy Eshleman is a professor of psychology and regularly teaches classes at Wagner College on race, class, gender, and sexuality, in which she shares with students her research on expressions of prejudice. In addition to co-authoring Seeing Straight: An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Privilege with Jean Halley, she has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals including Women's Studies, Review of Black Political Economy, Learning Communities Research Practice, and Journal of Applied Social Psychology. She holds a PhD in social psychology from the University of Kansas.
Ramya Vijaya is a professor of economics at Stockton University in New Jersey. Her research is in the area of labor market inequalities, globalization, and feminist political economy. She coauthored the book Indian Immigrant Women and Work: The American Experience, published in 2016.She has published multiple articles on gender, work, and structural economic inequalities in academics journals as well as news media outlets such as the Washington Post, The Conversation, and the Scroll.In. Vijaya holds a PhD in economics from American University.
Chapter 1 The Invisibility of Whiteness
Chapter 2 Scientific Endeavors to Study Race: Race Is Not Rooted in Biology
Chapter 3 Race and the Social Construction of Whiteness
Chapter 4 White Supremacy and Other Forms of Everyday Racism
Chapter 5 Ways of Seeing Power and Privilege
Chapter 6 Socioeconomic Class and White Privilege
Chapter 7 (Not) Teaching Race
Chapter 8 (White) Workplaces
Chapter 9 The Race of Public Policy
Chapter 10 Looking Forward
About the Authors
While everyday conversations about race amount to conversations about people of color, where race is treated as something that only people of color “have,” white is also a racial category, and reluctance to name and examine it as such has served to maintain racial inequality. Seeing White, in a true interdisciplinary fashion, makes white cultural assumptions and privilege visible by connecting theory and findings from sociology, psychology, history, and economics. Written in an accessible language with multiple compelling stories and examples, the book will challenge students to reexamine their constructed notions of the nature and consequences of race and whiteness.
Seeing White is an excellent book. It has everything from scientific studies of race and the developments of White superiority, to the intersectionality of income, gender, and race. I believe it to be the best study of White race yet written. This is a volume from which any sociologists specializing in race should read.
—Defines key concepts to provide students with an accessible foundation to examine race and discrimination in the United States
-Beginning with an exploration of privilege and power, the book provides an accessible foundation for all students to critically examine race and discrimination in the United States
-Following an introductory chapter that defines key concepts (including race and white privilege) and explores the invisibility of whiteness, we explore various theoretical perspectives on race that reveal historical and contemporary bias, including cultural materialism, the social construction of race, and critical race theory
—Discussion questions for each chapter aim to help students recognize their personal experiences with race and to relate their experiences to the common experiences of others
—Unique interdisciplinary approach from perspectives of sociology, psychology, history, and economics
-Use of personal stories/anecdotes at the beginning of each chapter to draw the students into the rest of the discussion
-The website www.seeingwhite.org includes multidisciplinary demonstrations, activities, examples, and images for researchers and instructors who seek to explain racism and reveal white privilege.
-Revised chapter on the history of White Supremacy
-Expanded history and discussion of Immigration Laws
-Updated discussion and evidence of guaranteed income
-New and updated stories on exclusion from white spaces and the normativeness of white culture throughout
-Updated to include references about the Trump-era and police brutality