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White Lies: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in White Supremacist Discourse [Paperback]

by Jessie Daniels
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December 27, 1997 0415912903 978-0415912907
White supremacist groups have traditionally been viewed as "fringe" groups to be ignored, dismissed, or at most, observed warily. White Lies investigates the white supremacist imagination, and argues instead that the ideology of these groups is much closer to core American values than most of us would like to believe. The book explores white supremacist ideology through an analysis of over 300 publications from a variety of white supremacist organizations. It examines the discourse of these publications and the ways in which "whites," "blacks," and "Jews" are constructed within that discourse.

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Jessie Daniels is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hofstra University

Product Details

  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (December 27, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415912903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415912907
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jessie Daniels is Associate Professor in Urban Public Health at Hunter College, City University of New York. She earned an MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Recognized as a national expert on white racism, Daniels was featured in Elizabeth Thompson's Emmy-award winning documentary "Blink," about Gregory Withrow, a supposedly reformed white supremacist. Daniels was selected as the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at the International Center for Tolerance Education (2005-2006).

She is the co-founder of, with Joe R. Feagin, and frequent contributor to the blog

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1.0 out of 5 stars Forty years of the same mythology. March 19, 2013
Each time a new book of this kind comes out I hope for something fresh, new, or at least entertaining. This book misses on all accounts. But while I understand and appreciate the pressure of some universities to have their teachers publish, if only for the sake of publishing, it is still disappointing when I read virtually the same phraseology, the same slightly veiled innuendo and multiple errors of fact that have long since been analyzed, assessed and found to be incorrect at best and at it's worst a compilation of the same race-bating, and often elitists, arguments of the past forty years.
Ultimately, the author does little to explain, clarify or provide new or insightful commentary on our times, on our society or of the current problems we as Americans face each day and must eventually reconcile, despite books using skewed data, which use the same poorly constructed arguments and rely upon faulty basic assumptions about class, race, and their current place in American society.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener May 13, 2000
By aVaena
White Lies was one of the books assigned in my sexualities class this past term. In the beginning of the novel, Jessie Daniels quotes Toni Morrison: "The scholarship that looks into the mind, imagination, and behavior of slaves is valuable. But equally valuable is a serious intellectual effort to see what racial ideology does to the mind, imagination, and behavior of masters."
Daniels makes such an effort with this excellent analysis of the discourses of white supremacist organizations. She repeatedly points out the hypocrisy of these organizations, and makes the astute point that dismissing these people as ignorant or harmless radicals serves "to comfortably distance the majority of whites from those who proudly claim to be racists, and thus from any interrogation of their own position within the broader White Supremacist context" (p. 9). Daniels urges us to look at the similarities between obviously racist organizations and other groups in society, for it is only in a society already prone to racist ideas that such organizations can exist.
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