Whiteness of a Different Color
European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race
By (author) Matthew Frye Jacobson
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Whiteness of a Different Color by Matthew Frye Jacobson
Book DescriptionMatthew Frye Jacobson argues in this text about America's racial odyssey, that race resides not in nature but in the contingencies of politics and culture. In ever-changing racial categories we glimpse the competing theories of history and collective destiny by which power has been organized and contested in the USA. Looking at the field of "whiteness studies" and linking it to traditional historical inquiry, Jacobson shows that in the USA, nation of immigrants, "race" has been at the core of civic assimilation: ethnic minorities in becoming American were reracialized to become Caucasian. He provides a counter-history of how nationality groups such as the Irish or Greeks became Americans as racial groups like Celts or Mediterraneans became Caucasian. Jacobson tracks race as a conception and perception, emphasizing the importance of knowing not only how we label one another but also how we see one another, and how that racialized vision has largely been transformed in the 20th century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674951914
(235mm x 155mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 27-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Matthew Frye Jacobson
Roots Too, Paperback (March 2008)
In the 1970s, white ethnics mobilized around a version of the epic tale of plucky immigrants making their way in the New World through the sweat of their brow. This title establishes a broad white social and political consensus arising in response to the political language of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements.
What Have They Built You to Do?, Paperback (November 2006)
A reassessment of the landmark Cold War film, from Kennedy to Reagan to Halliburton.
Special Sorrows, Paperback (May 2002)» View all books by Matthew Frye Jacobson
Suitable for readers who are accustomed to the self-congratulatory myth of America as a beacon of liberty to which the 'huddled masses' of the world look with longing.
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Author Biography - Matthew Frye Jacobson
Matthew Frye Jacobson is Professor of American Studies at Yale University.
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