Revealing Whiteness

Revealing Whiteness

The Unconscious Habits of Racial Privilege
Shannon Sullivan
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Format: Paperback 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21848-3
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2007 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, Honorable Mention

[A] lucid discussion of race that does not sell out the black experience." —Tommy Lott, author of The Invention of Race

Revealing Whiteness explores how white privilege operates as an unseen, invisible, and unquestioned norm in society today. In this personal and selfsearching book, Shannon Sullivan interrogates her own whiteness and how being white has affected her. By looking closely at the subtleties of white domination, she issues a call for other white people to own up to their unspoken privilege and confront environments that condone or perpetuate it. Sullivan’s theorizing about race and privilege draws on American pragmatism, psychology, race theory, and feminist thought. As it articulates a way to live beyond the barriers that white privilege has created, this book offers readers a clear and honest confrontation with a trenchant and vexing concern.

Author Bio

Shannon Sullivan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University and Associate Director of the Rock Ethics Institute. She is author of Living Across and Through Skins (IUP, 2001).

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Table of Contents


Part 1. Unconscious Habit
1. Ignorance and Habit
2. Engaging the Isolated Unconscious
3. Seductive Habits of White Privilege
4. Global Habits, Collective Hauntings
Part 2. Possessive Geographies
5. Appropriate Habits of White Privilege
6. Race, Space, and Place
7. In Defense of Separatism