Shades of White by Pamela Perry
White Kids and Racial Identities in High School

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What does it mean to be young, American, and white at the dawn of the twenty-first century? By exploring this question and revealing the everyday social processes by which high schoolers define white identities, Pamela Perry offers much-needed insights into the social construction of race and whiteness among youth.
Through ethnographic research and in-depth interviews of students in two demographically distinct U.S. high schools—one suburban and predominantly white; the other urban, multiracial, and minority white—Perry shares students’ candor about race and self-identification. By examining the meanings students attached (or didn’t attach) to their social lives and everyday cultural practices, including their taste in music and clothes, she shows that the ways white students defined white identity were not only markedly different between the two schools but were considerably diverse and ambiguous within them as well. Challenging reductionist notions of whiteness and white racism, this study suggests how we might go “beyond whiteness” to new directions in antiracist activism and school reform.
Shades of White is emblematic of an emerging second wave of whiteness studies that focuses on the racial identity of whites. It will appeal to scholars and students of anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies, as well as to those involved with high school education and antiracist activities.

About Pamela Perry

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Pamela Perry is Assistant Professor of Community Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Published January 24, 2002 by Duke University Press Books. 281 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Sort out the unfriendly academic syntax ("little to no association with racialized differences within a socio-cultural milieu that was self-confirming contributed to the construction of white as 'norm' and a race-neutral logic of social organization"), and the results never penetrate much beyond...

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