White

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Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Abstract

In everyday vernacular the racial category white is understood as a group of people who share a common set of phenotypes (skin color, hair texture, facial features) and trace their genealogical roots to Europe. This account where Caucasian, European ancestry and “fair” skin color are synonymous with whiteness is problematic for a number of reasons, most notably the ahistorical and homogenizing treatment of whiteness and the omission of how white as a social identity is inextricably linked to power, privilege and dominance.

Keywords

Whiteness Racial identity Racial categorization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyLa Salle UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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