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White Identity Politics (Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology) Kindle Edition
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'For too long now, political scientists have tended to firewall the study of white Americans to the questions of whether out-group bias persists and, if so, whether it continues to bear the virulence of Jim Crow-style racism or manifests in new indirect, implicit strains. White Identity Politics is a breakthrough that invites us to rethink the roots of both white prejudice and white solidarity. This is an indelible and indispensable corrective that ought to be read by anyone bewildered by our current political moment.' Taeku Lee, University of California, Berkeley
'White Identity Politics provides a timely and insightful look at American racial politics from the perspective of the white majority. Jardina argues that growing demographic diversity has politicized white identity, generating a sense of white deprivation and defense of white privilege that is distinct from racial animus. Many whites do not identify strongly with their racial group but those who do show clear favoritism for policies and political candidates who promote white interests and maintain white numerical supremacy. By shifting the focus away from white prejudice and toward the defense of white privilege, the book makes an invaluable contribution to the study of American race and ethnic relations.' Leonie Huddy, Stony Brook University, New York
'The timing thus could not be better for Duke University political scientist Ashley Jardina's eye-opening book, White Identity Politics, which uses extensive survey research to explore the meaning of white identity today.' Richard D. Kahlenberg, Washington Monthly
'The volume is a smart, well-researched text that uses empirical data to undergird the author's claims ... An important book.' R. A. Harper, Choice
'Excellent ... an important contribution to our scholarly and societal knowledge of identity more broadly and to how we conceive of groups in contemporary society.' Samara Klar, The Journal of Politics
'Let me cut right to the chase. Every scholar of public opinion, racial and ethnic politics, and political psychology in the United States should read and own this book. It will be pulled off the shelf and cited often. It will inspire.' Deborah J. Schildkraut, Public Opinion Quarterly
'Jardina situates White solidarity as a construct that requires greater scrutiny and ... [shows] White identity is not merely conservatism, working class ideology, nationalism, or racial prejudice. Instead it operates as a coherent and meaningful core attachment among members of the dominant racial group ... A must read for all who endeavor to understand contemporary politics, public opinion, or social stratification in the United States.' David C. Wilson, Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics
'Jardina's research is carefully executed and there is no doubt that she has painstakingly attempted to proactively respond to potential criticisms ... a must read for all who endeavor to understand contemporary politics, public opinion, or social stratification in the United States.' David C. Wilson, Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- Publication date : February 28, 2019
- File size : 2974 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 368 pages
- Publisher : Cambridge University Press (February 28, 2019)
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07MLHPRDP
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The early part of the book might make some readers quit because it reads considerably drier than the rest. Please keep reading, it will be well worth it. The early part is establishing the context for Jardina's findings and as such is essential to understanding how and why her results are important. Citing all of the previous scholarship certainly slows down the reading but if you're not reading it for research purposes, or if it is your first time through, ignore the parenthetical citations and just get the main points. Once you have finished the book you can go back if you so choose and read the other works and either agree or disagree. Whether you like or dislike what she finds and argues you must first read the book and understand her argument. If you don't then your argument is not about her's but rather just about your own discomfort with what you're understanding her to say.
Having said that, there is a lot to think about and digest, especially for someone not well versed in this area of study. Rather than try to simply outline the entire book I'd rather give an idea of at least one important point I took from the work.
In today's political climate it is real easy to default to a position that roughly equates voting for a candidate who advocates for policies that are ultimately racist to being a racist. Part of that thinking, even within academia and policy making bodies, is because most previous research and studies have focused on white identity from a position of out group animosity. What Jardina has found, and what helps me try to better understand how so many can vote for such hateful policymakers, is that many whites are not voting from a position of out group resentment but from a position of white consciousness (of which, if I understand correctly, white identity is but a part). These people vote because they believe the person and/or policy will benefit them and their group. This is different from voting because a policy will hurt or limit another group. So anything maintaining the status quo without being blatantly against other groups will get the support of these people. This explains the importance of racist policy being couched in terminology that makes it sound like it is just maintaining status quo or even making things better in areas that whites will perceive as benefiting their group.
While this helps me to understand things with a bit more nuance I still have a hard time respecting people who are okay with politicians (or faux politicians who used to be reality stars) that harm other people. There is a difference between being against racism and being actively antiracism, and far too many hide behind claims of not being racist so they can support people and policies that are, at their heart, racist. But there is a distinction. Maybe next time through this book I can gain a better understanding of what to do to try to get people to realize that when everyone has a better life it is beneficial for everyone.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to better understand the toxic environment we currently have in the USA and, perhaps, find ways to get those not racist to quit aiding those who are.
Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.