A mind-expanding and myth-destroying exploration of notions of white race―not merely a skin color but also a signal of power, prestige, and beauty to be withheld and granted selectivelyEver since the Enlightenment, race theory and its inevitable partner, racism, have followed a crooked road, constructed by dominant peoples to justify their domination of others. Filling a huge gap in historical literature that long focused on the non-white, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter guides us through more than two thousand years of Western civilization, tracing not only the invention of the idea of race but also the frequent worship of “whiteness” for economic, social, scientific, and political ends.
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Advance praise for The History of White People:
“Deeply researched, intelligent, and wonderfully common-sensical, this is a ground-breaking book, and if we’re ever going to get to that so- called ‘post-racial’ society, a necessary book. It locates race where it actually exists, inside our heads, and shows us how recently it came to reside there.”―Russell Banks, author of The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction
“In this wide-ranging and passionate book, Nell Painter makes the story of American history into something new. Her array of writers, artists, and politicians, some familiar and some surprising, struggle mightily to create a concept many Americans of all backgrounds now take for granted: ‘white people.’ ”―Edward Ayers, author of In the Presence of Mine Enemies
“The History of White People is a brilliant meditation on the invention of the idea of ‘whiteness.’ Deeply researched and elegantly written, Painter’s presentation will certainly spark conversation and controversy―as it should. Painter’s high-octane intelligence makes her perfectly suited to the task.”―Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello
“Nell Painter’s The History of White People is an amazing race-bending narrative. With grace and energy, she confronts the myth of white people as race-less. She offers an eye-opening examination of slavery, the creation of white-ness, and the way in which racial categories have been both false and destructive. This is story-telling at its best.”―Ellen Goodman, syndicated columnist, Washington Post Writers Group
“Not since Stephen Jay Gould’s The Mismeasure of Man has there been such a synoptically provocative appreciation of the myths by which a now demographically challenged people sustained themselves and restrained others.”―David Levering Lewis, professor of history, New York University Abu Dhabi, and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868–1919: Biography of a Race
Nell Irvin Painter is the award-winning author of many books, including Sojourner Truth, Southern History Across the Color Line, Creating Black Americans, The History of White People, and Standing at Armageddon. She is currently the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University and lives in Newark, New Jersey, and the Adirondacks.
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Descripción n. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. First Edition.. 496 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. SOCIOLOGY. A mind-expanding and myth-destroying exploration of "whiteness"Ñan illuminating work on the history of race and power. Eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter tells perhaps the most important forgotten story in American history. Beginning at the roots of Western civilization, she traces the invention of the idea of a white raceÑoften for economic, scientific, and political ends. She shows how the origins of American identity in the eighteenth century were intrinsically tied to the elevation of white skin into the embodiment of beauty, power, and intelligence; how the great American intellectualsÑ including Ralph Waldo EmersonÑinsisted that only Anglo Saxons were truly American; and how the definitions of who is "white" and who is "American" have evolved over time. A story filled with towering historical figures, The History of White People closes an enormous gap in a literature that has long focused on the nonwhite, and it forcefully reminds us that the concept of "race" is an all-too-human invention whose meaning, importance, and reality have changed according to a long and rich history. (Key Words: Sociology, Race, White People, Caucasian). book. Nº de ref. de la librería 69065X1
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