White by Law 10th Anniversary Edition : The Legal Construction of Race
In the first edition of White by Law, Haney López traced the reasoning employed by the courts in their efforts to justify the whiteness of some and the non-whiteness of others, and revealed the criteria that were used, often arbitrarily, to determine whiteness, and thus citizenship: skin color, facial features, national origin, language, culture, ancestry, scientific opinion, and, most importantly, popular opinion.
Ten years later, Haney Lopez revisits the legal construction of race, and argues that current race law has spawned a troubling racial ideology that perpetuates inequality under a new guise: colorblind white dominance. In a new, original essay written specifically for the 10th anniversary edition, he explores this racial paradigm and explains how it contributes to a system of white racial privilege socially and legally defended by restrictive definitions of what counts as race and as racism, and what doesn't, in the eyes of the law. The book also includes a new preface, in which Haney Lopez considers how his own personal experiences with white racial privilege helped engender White by Law.
- Paperback | 263 pages
- 149.86 x 220.98 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
- 31 Oct 2006
- New York University Press
- New York, United States
- Revised and Updated: 10th Anniversary ed.
- black & white illustrations
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-Law and Politics Review Praise for the 1st edition:
"Haney Lopez performs a major service for anyone truly interested in understanding contemporary debates over racial and ethnic politics. . . . A sobering and crucial lesson for a society committed to equality and fairness."
-Martha Minow,Harvard Law School "Ten years after its initial publication, White by Law remains the definitive treatment of the naturalization cases, and provides a compelling account of the role of law in constructing race. A wonderful combination of thematic development and historical excavation, one leaves this revised edition with a thoroughgoing understanding of the ways in which citizenship functioned not only to include and exclude but as a process through which people quite literally became white by law."
-Devon W. Carbado,Professor of Law and Associate Dean, UCLA School of Law "White by Law remains the definitive work on how American law constructed a `white' race at the turn of the twentieth century. Haney Lopez has added a chapter to the new edition, a sobering analysis of how, in our own time, 'colorblind' law and policy threaten to perpetuate, not eliminate, racial inequality. A must-read"
-Mae M. Ngai,author of Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America Praise for the 10th Anniversary Edition"White by Law remains one of the most significant and generative entries in the crowded field of `whiteness studies.' Ian Haney Lopez has crafted a brilliant study, not merely of how `race' figures in the juridical logic of U.S. citizenship, but of the ways in which law fully participates in the wholesale manufacture of those naturalized groupings we know as 'races.' A terribly important work."
-Matthew Frye Jacobson,author of Roots Too: White Ethnic Revival in Post-Civil Rights America
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