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White Privilege: What Everyone Needs to Know®
White Privilege: What Everyone Needs to Know®
  • Provides an accessible introduction to white privilege and race politics in historical context
  • Addresses common misconceptions about privilege
  • Written by a leading scholar of the far right

The topic of white privilege has always triggered widespread debate, and the current media attention to police brutality and race relations in the United States has infused the conversation with highly polarizing, emotional responses.
In White Privilege: What Everyone Needs to Know® , Abby L. Ferber provides a succinct but in-depth coverage that will serve as a solid foundation for educated conversation. She touches on the essential components of white privilege -- historical context, how it operates at an institutional level, how it is discussed publicly, and how it intersects with other kinds of privilege, including gender, sexuality, and disability. While the book focuses primarily on white privilege in the U.S., Ferber notes how it is experienced globally as well. She further addresses common misconceptions about privilege (e.g., How can I be privileged if I face discrimination too? How can people alive now be held responsible for historical injustices, such as slavery?), and concludes with a section on how white privilege is changing now and into the future.
Clear, concise, and informed, this book offers a valuable primer for anyone interested in this complex and often contentious topic.


1. Historical Development of White Privilege
2. White Privilege in America and around the World
3. Other Kinds of Privilege
4. White Privilege and Public Dialogue
5. Common Misconceptions
6. How White Privilege Works
7. White Privilege and Change

About the author: 

Abby Ferber is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Product details

ISBN : 9780190684051

Abby L. Ferber
256 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Jan 2023
What Everyone Needs to Know
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White Privilege: What Everyone Needs to Know®

White Privilege: What Everyone Needs to Know®

White Privilege: What Everyone Needs to Know®