The Possessive Investment in Whiteness How White People Profit from Identity Politics (PDF Download)



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Peeling Back the Layers of Privilege: Clarity on Racial Hierarchies

Let’s cut straight to it. You’re here because you want a book that lays bare the realities of racial inequality, and George Lipsitz’s “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness” does just that. It’s a critical examination of how societal structures and personal biases support a system where whiteness equates to tangible benefits.

You’ll see how, through generations, privileges have accumulated for white individuals via discriminatory housing markets, educational disparities, network nepotism, and inherited wealth—each reinforcing long-standing racial hierarchies.

What’s Inside?

This twentieth-anniversary edition isn’t just a reprint; it’s updated with fresh insights and statistics. Lipsitz tackles events from Hurricane Katrina to the rise of Trump, connecting them to overarching themes of ethno-nationalism fueled by white fear and fragility. This book is more than historical—it’s about understanding the present and confronting our shared reality.

Who Should Read This Book?

If you’re keen on grasping the societal mechanics that perpetuate inequality or if you’re involved in activism, policy-making, or simply committed to being better informed—this book speaks to you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to this conversation or well-versed in social justice; there’s depth here for all readers.

Book Details:

  • Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Length: 448 pages
  • ISBN-10: 143991639X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439916391
  • Dimentions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Publisher: Temple University Press; 1st edition (July 13, 2018)
  • Languange: English

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