Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Who Are WeAnd Should It Matter in the 21st Century? Hardcover – June 28, 2011
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
More About the Author
After several years of reporting from all over Europe, Africa, the US and the Caribbean Gary was appointed The Guardian's New York correspondent in 2003. In 2009 he won the James Cameron award for the "combined moral vision and professional integrity" of his coverage of the Obama campaign.
In 2011 he moved to Chicago.
Top Customer Reviews
And although he makes a big dent in increasing our understanding about the phenomenon, especially regarding the invisibility of powerful (or majority groups, usually spelled white), I am still not sure that avoiding psychology entirely was the most efficacious approach to the topic of identity. That said if one reads between the lines, his take easily could be described as an oblique attack on the powerful, or majority groups who use their power for (among other stratagems) to selectively deny that they have an identity at all.
One of the best examples in the book is white denial about being guiltless about slavery -- since as they collectively put it, "they were not around at the time." Yet, Younge points out that this is a typical tactic of powerful groups since in the same breathe as their denials, they have no problem taking credit for more culturally enlightening and elevating behaviors that occurred at the same time as slavery? This kind of selective denial, according to the author, is just one of many tactics powerful groups (spelled white) use to evade the implications of their own neutralized and universalized identity.
Other tactics include calling anything that involves whiteness as "tradition," "heritage," or simply "history.Read more ›