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Acting White?: Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America (Paperback)
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Acting White?: Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America (Paperback)

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What does it mean to "act black" or "act white"? Is race merely a matter of phenotype, or does it come from the inflection of a person's speech, the clothes in her closet, how she chooses to spend her time and with whom she chooses to spend it? What does it mean to be "really" black, and who gets to make that judgment? In Acting White?, leading scholars of race and the law Devon Carbado and Mitu Gulati argue that, in spite of decades of racial progress and the pervasiveness of multicultural rhetoric, racial judgments are often based not just on skin color, but on how a person conforms to behavior stereotypically associated with a certain race. Specifically, racial minorities are judged on how they "perform" their race. This performance pervades every aspect of their daily life, whether it's the clothes they wear, the way they style their hair, the institutions with which they affiliate, their racial politics, the people they befriend, date or marry, where they live, how they speak, and their outward mannerisms and demeanor. Employing these cues, decision-makers decide not simply whether a person is black but the degree to which she or he is so. Relying on numerous examples from the workplace, higher education, and police interactions, the authors demonstrate that, for African Americans, the costs of "acting black" are high, and so are the pressures to "act white." But, as the authors point out, "acting white" has costs as well. Provocative yet never doctrinaire, Acting White? will boldly challenge your assumptions and make you think about racial prejudice from a fresh vantage point.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190229214
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 234 x 157 x 13 mm

Courageous, poignant, and amusing too, Acting White? takes us deep into the way racial identity operates in everyday life. Carbado and Gulati focus on 'working identity' and explore the 'racial double binds' that blacks-and others too-confront today. Intersectionality figures prominently as well: gender and class dynamics receive serious attention. The treatment of Barack Obama's racial identity is particularly valuable. A brilliant analysis of how race is experienced: in the workplace, in the university, on TV, and in racial profiling, Acting White does some deep racial theorizing in a very approachable way. * Howard Winant, Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara *
This book is audacious. It takes on a racial phenomenon that few people talk openly about-namely, that decision-makers screen African Americans to ascertain whether they are "good blacks" (racially palatable) or "bad blacks" (racially unpalatable). Carbado and Gulati powerfully explain the incentives this creates for African Americans to 'work' (strategically present) their identities to avoid being perceived as 'bad' or too racially salient. Whether you agree or disagree with them, Acting White? is creative, provocative, and a treat to read. After reading this irreverent, witty, and jargon-free book, you will not be able to think about race in the same way. * Kimberle Crenshaw, Professor of Law, Columbia and UCLA *
Now that you've picked it up, you would have to be crazy to set this book down. You know you're curious to learn whether and how you're Acting White. And you need to learn the performance secrets, and the performance expectations, of your friends, your colleagues, your boss. Acting White? brilliantly violates a taboo, by exposing something that secretly we all sometimes do. * Ian F. Haney-Lopez, John H. Boalt Professor of Law, UC Berkeley *
Carbado and Gulati's compelling book is brilliant, eloquent, and accessible to non-legal scholars. It is reminiscent of the most provocative courtroom scenes in its arguments about the nuances and limitations of anti-discrimination law, especially with respect to intra-racial discrimination, a concept that is likely to be unfamiliar to many lay readers. Their analysis of President Obama's appointment of the first Latina to the Supreme court, Sonia Sotomayor, the dual constructions of Michelle Obama as both 'racially palatable' and 'racially unpalatable,' and affirmative action admission decisions in higher education are riveting in light of contemporary diversity discourse. * Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies, Spelman College *
Provocative and thought provoking, Carbado and Gulati have written an essential book on the incredible complexities of defining race. * CHOICE *
Law students will like Acting White because it is an easy read and it can help those who need to know how to navigate law firms when identity issues come up. Readers wanting to know how to create a working identity they can live with and not feel as though they are selling out can refer to the authors' discussion of four stages of racial negotiation. This book has much to offer and is a must for any library. * Law Library Journal *

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