The Gratifications of Whiteness: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Enduring Rewards of Anti-Blackness

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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.02 X 9.33 X 0.59 inches | 0.83 pounds

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About the Author
Ella Myers is a political theorist and Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Utah. She is author of Worldly Ethics: Democratic Politics and Care for the World (2013).
"The greatest danger to American democracy is the ethos of whiteness--the practice of valuing white lives over nonwhite lives. In this carefully written and exhaustively researched book, Ella Myers provides a first-rate interpretation of W. E. B. Du Bois's analysis of whiteness. Rather than whiteness exclusively providing a material wage, Myers explores Du Bois's understanding of the various levels on which whiteness provides gratifications to its bearers. She provides us with Du Bois's critical point of view for grappling with a perennial threat. The Gratifications of Whiteness is an essential text for anyone concerned with the fate of democracy in America." -- Melvin Rogers, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brown University

"Moving deftly between the history of anti-Black racism and a critical analysis of the present, The Gratifications of Whiteness demonstrates the continuing urgency of W. E. B. Du Bois's political vision. Ella Myers mines Du Bois's writings to vivify the ruinous work of whiteness and enlist readers in following the lead of the activists and intellectuals who have opposed its power. The result is a devastating and yet hopeful portrait of US democracy in the post-post-racial era." -- Lawrie Balfour, author of Democracy's Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W. E. B. Du Bois and Imagining Freedom: Toni Morrison and the Work of Words