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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (November 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822338734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822338734
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Matt Wray’s Not Quite White is a richly textured social history of how and why the nation has come to conceive, categorize, and routinely vilify that part of its population known as ‘white trash.’ Because this subject has rarely been the focus of systematic scholarly inquiry, that alone would be a notable achievement. Yet the book aims for more—to propose a boundary theory of why ‘white trash’ has had so many uses—from literature to politics to social science. By any measure, this book is a major contribution.”—Troy Duster, New York University


“White trash? What did you just call me? Not Quite White provides the best social history of America’s most quizzical moniker in the racial-class system. From its colonial origins to the era of eugenics to the public health campaign to eradicate hookworm in the South, Matt Wray’s careful analysis documents the roots of this label, showing what its apparently oxymoronic nature tells us about the larger system of symbolic stratification in the United States.”—Dalton Conley, author of Honky

About the Author

Matt Wray is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a 2006–2008 Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Harvard University. He is a coeditor of The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness; Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life; and White Trash: Race and Class in America.


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Matt Wray is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Temple University, where he is the chair of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Health Track. Prior to Temple, Wray was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at Harvard University. Wray earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an MA and PhD from University of California, Berkeley. He has also been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Wray is the author of Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness (Duke, 2006); and the editor of Cultural Sociology: An Introductory Reader (WW Norton 2013); The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness (Duke, 2001); Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life (New York University Press, 1998); and White Trash: Race and Class in America (Routledge, 1997).

Wray is currently at work on a book length study of the causes and consequences of high rates of suicide in the American West, entitled Death in Vegas.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ryan A. Brown on December 29, 2006
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Matt Wray has put together an extremely powerful treatise on the cultural construction of poor whites in the U.S. With wonderful historical detail and depth, he has shown how poor whites have come to be perceived over three centuries, and in various regions of the United States. Wray's book is theoretically sophisticated in a direct, eloquent, and very "alive" way. As a result, it should appeal to a wide variety of academic and non-academic audiences.

For students of race and class in America, this really should be required reading. More than an historical text, this book is also deeply anthropological, psychological, and sociological. Extremely well empirically substantiated, it also sits right on the cutting edge of social theory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JL on March 25, 2013
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Thoroughly researched and illuminating. This book is both engaging and academically sound. Matt Wray draws from history, sociology, and his own life experience to describe the American relationship with the "other" kind of white people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne M. Larrivee on July 28, 2013
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If you're interested in the origins of the term white trash, this book provides a good multidisciplinary perspective. It was well-researched and make me reflect on many how the same prejudices continue to evolve in different forms and are imposed on many different social groups. Sometimes the chapters dragged on a little longer than necessary but overall it is an informative read that will make you think.
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This is an amazingly helpful book to learn the history of low-class white. Breathtaking and eye-opening. The book totally reoriented how I think race in America.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David on March 18, 2012
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This book is great, as far as it goes. It is eloquent, in its way. If you want to extend your awareness into somewhat deeper levels, Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America, The Mark of the Scots: Their Astonishing Contributions to History, Science, Democracy, Literature, How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in ItHow the Irish Saved Civilization (Hinges of History), and Redneck Shaman all cover redneck culture, at a somewhat deeper level. Celtic influence is very much a part of the US, and shaped US national character considerably. White trash are influenced considerably by external exploitation. White trash given opportunities will take them. My grandfather had 6 yesrs of schooling, when he was 21; he managed to get through college, and all of his children completed college at a time when there was no student aid.
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