Whiteness Fractured examines the many ways in which whiteness is conceptualized today and how it is understood to operate and to effect social relationships. Exploring the intersections between whiteness, social class, ethnicity and psychosocial phenomena, this book is framed by the question of how whiteness works and what it does. With attention to central concepts and the history of whiteness, it explains the four ways in which whiteness works. In its examination of the outward and inward fractures of whiteness, the book sheds light on both its connections with social class and ethnicity and with the 'epistemology of ignorance' and the psychoanalytic. Representing the long career of whiteness on the one hand and investigating its expansion into new areas on the other, Whiteness Fractured reflects the growing maturity of critical whiteness studies. It undertakes a critical analysis of approaches to whiteness and proposes new directions for future action and enquiry. As such, it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in race and ethnicity, intersectionality, colonialism and post-colonialism, and cultural studies.
’Robust, relentless and rigorous. This critical approach to whiteness poses testy questions and provides challenging answers. With skillful intersectional analyses the author reveals numerous cracks in the myth of homogeneous whiteness. No reader will remain unmoved by the overwhelming amount of examples of the workings of whiteness. Whiteness Fractured will be useful for students across the humanities and social sciences.’ Philomena Essed, Antioch University, USA ’Whiteness Fractured represents a timely return to the beginnings of the field of critical whiteness studies. Highlighting the work left to be done in unpacking the machinations of whiteness as the performance of racialised power it will serve as a key text for those seeking to understand critical whiteness studies anew, in addition to stimulating fresh debate amongst those of us already working in the field.’ Damien W. Riggs, President Australian Critical Race and Flinders University, Australia 'This comprehensive work details Cynthia Levine-Rasky’s approach to critical whiteness studies whilst doubling as an encyclopaedic tour of the field. ... this is a wide-ranging yet clearly argued book seeking a methodologically rigorous and theoretically sound approach to what is an extremely interesting field.' Sociological Research Online