RJHE is excited to announce the release of White Out: Understanding White Privilege and Dominance in the Modern Age by Christopher S. Collins and Alexander Jun from Peter Lang. The book comes out on February 28!
In this book, Collins and Jun explain “the role of Whiteness and a defense of White dominance in an increasingly diverse society. Whiteness is socially constructed, just as race is undoubtedly a social construct, documented through various periods in history. This book proposes that White Out is a learned habit that serves to defend White dominance in a multicultural age. White Out is a strategy that covers systems, dispositions, and actions that cannot cover the full indentation or impact. However, the action of blotting, either intentional or unintentional, serves to obscure experiences of people of color in lieu of a competing definition of reality. The authors introduce the White Architecture of the Mind as a metaphor highlighting the mind as a collection of walls, doors, windows, and pathways that influence individuals to react based on a systemic logic that was socially constructed reason. White Out, a byproduct of a White architecture of the mind, is a set of individual actions, choices, behaviors, and attitudes that are guided by a system that predisposes these attitudes and perpetuates privilege for core members of a dominant majority. The often-unconscious purpose in denying privilege and articulating colorblind ideology is to support a larger system and view of reality. The concepts covered in this volume include: White Pain, Whitefluenza (privilege as a virus), White 22 (White if you do, White if you don’t), Whitrogressions, Angry White Men, White Pilgrims, and Good White Friends.”
“A meditation on race and ethnicity in the twenty-first century. Current. Thoughtful. Reflective. The authors place personal narratives in a larger context of what’s happening, and what’s not in the early decades of the twenty-first century.” William G. Tierney, Wilbur Kieffer Professor of Higher Education, University Professor & Co-director, Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California
“White people should read this important book. People of color who live near, work alongside, or otherwise interact with White persons will find much in this text that affirms their routine racialized experiences. Collins and Jun make smart sense of White dominance and help readers reimagine bold ways to disrupt it.” Shaun R. Harper, Professor and Executive Director, University of Southern California Race & Equity Center
Buy the ebook here.
Or in paperback at Amazon or your local bookseller.