Invisible Privilege : A Memoir About Race, Class, and Gender

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9780700610044: Invisible Privilege : A Memoir About Race, Class, and Gender

Rothenberg, an educator and activist who is probably best known for her textbook Race, Class and Gender in the United States, explores her perceptions and the realities of social and academic privilege over the course of her life. She begins with memories of her Jewish upper-middleclass childhood, then discusses her college years in the 60s, the social upheaval of the seventies, personal events surrounding the publication of her book, and the current controversies over hate speech and political correctness.

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"Paula Rothenberg is one courageous woman! First, her pioneering anthology integrated multiple levels of inequality. Now, Invisible Privilege illustrates how the personal is political in its most profound sense--intimately theorized, scrupulously honest, autobiographical without becoming solipsistically self-absorbed. A work both moving and mobilizing."--Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood in America

"An unusual and amazingly useful analysis of the profound effects of 'invisible' privilege in a country with deep, complex, and often unacknowledged histories of gender, race, and class division. A powerful, insightful, and courageous memoir."--Chandra Talpade Mohanty, coeditor of Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures

"This compelling memoir is an important contribution to the emerging field of whiteness studies. Like George Lipsitz's The Possessive Investment in Whiteness, Rothenberg's autobiographical account illuminates and analyzes the ways in which white privilege has functioned in her own life and how readers might begin to understand the concept of the construction of 'whiteness' more broadly."--Beverly Guy-Sheftall, editor of Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought

"This engaging memoir unflinchingly conveys the ambiguity and paradox that are inescapable when someone who has led a life of privilege devotes her life to the critique of race, class, and gender privilege. Rothenberg draws the reader into her story and allows us to experience firsthand the excitement of political and intellectual struggles that have transformed the academic landscape. The result is a memoir that is as important for its theoretical insights as for the window it provides into history."--Tom Digby, editor of Men Doing Feminism

"Rothenberg reflectively describes her process of coming to see how dynamics of power and privilege have shaped key experiences of her life. The chapter on living in Montclair, New Jersey particularly shows how accumulated subtle inequities for some relate to substantial unearned advantage for others. A rare combination of self-reflection and systematic analysis."--Peggy McIntosh, Wellesley College Center for Research on Women

About the Author:

Paula Rothenberg is a professor of philosophy and women's studies at The William Paterson University of New Jersey and director of the New Jersey Project on Inclusive Scholarship, Curriculum, and Teaching. In addition to her widely used texts in feminist and multicultural studies, she is also coeditor of Feminist Frameworks, Philosophy Now, and Ethics in Perspective.

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