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The Wages of Whiteness Race and the Making of the American Working Class

by David R. Roediger

The Wages of Whiteness Race and the Making of the American Working Class Synopsis

This is the new, fully updated edition of this now-classic study of working-class racism. Combining classical Marxism, psychoanalysis and the new labor history pioneered by E. P. Thompson and Herbert Gutman, David Roediger's widely acclaimed book provides an original study of the formative years of working-class racism in the United States. This, he argues, cannot be explained simply with reference to economic advantage; rather, white working-class racism is underpinned by a complex series of psychological and ideological mechanisms that reinforce racial stereotypes, and thus help to forge the identities of white workers in opposition to blacks. In a lengthy new introduction, Roediger surveys recent scholarship on whiteness, and discusses the changing face of labor in the twenty-first century.

The Wages of Whiteness Race and the Making of the American Working Class Press Reviews

Roediger's exciting book makes us understand what it means to see oneself as white in a new way. An extremely important and insightful book. - The Nation

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844671458
Publication date: 27th June 2007
Author: David R. Roediger
Publisher: Verso Books
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: Physical anthropology, Sociology: work & labour, Social discrimination & inequality, Ethnic studies, Social classes,

About David R. Roediger

David R. Roediger is Kendrick C. Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His books include Working Toward Whiteness and Towards the Abolition of Whiteness, also from Verso.

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