This interdisciplinary textbook challenges students to see race as everyone's issue. Drawing on sociology, psychology, history, and economics, Seeing White introduces students to the concepts of white privilege and social power. Seeing White is designed to help break down some of the resistance students feel in discussing race. Each chapter opens with compelling concrete examples to help students approach issues from a range of perspectives. The early chapters build a solid understanding of privilege and power, leading to a critical exploration of discrimination. Key theoretical perspectives include cultural materialism, critical race theory, and the social construction of race. Each chapter includes discussion questions to help students evaluate institutions and policies that perpetuate or counter forces of privilege and discrimination. 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.
Jean Halley is associate professor of sociology at Wagner College. Amy Eshleman is associate professor of psychology at Wagner College. Ramya Mahadevan Vijaya is associate professor of economics at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Acknowledgments Preface Chapter 1: The Invisibility of Whiteness Chapter 2: Scientific Endeavors to Study Race: Whiteness is Not Rooted in Biology Chapter 3: Race and the Social Construction of Whiteness Chapter 4: Ways of Seeing Power and Privilege Chapter 5: Socioeconomic Class and White Privilege Chapter 6: (Not) Teaching Race Chapter 7: (White) Workplaces Chapter 8: The Race of Public Policy Chapter 9: Looking Forward Bibliography About the Authors