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4.0 out of 5 stars Speaking of tiresome...Lipsitz would seem to have a point
One reviewer, below, seems utterly outraged at the notion that there could be a white "culture" of possessive investment, although he is entirely comfortable throwing around terms like "culture of success" and "inherited culture" when referring to non-white groups. Talk about skinning a cat another way. Lipsitz may occasionally...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time
George Lipsitz may have a decent point here - that whiteness comes with advantages. But reading his book is much too tiresome to attempt to understand this point. Like far too many academics, his style is unreadable (ex: way too many buzzwords). His examples are weak, and he shows an obvious distaste for conservatives. Try reading Andrew Hacker's Two Nations...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Speaking of tiresome...Lipsitz would seem to have a point, 9 Mar 1999
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This review is from: The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics (Paperback)
One reviewer, below, seems utterly outraged at the notion that there could be a white "culture" of possessive investment, although he is entirely comfortable throwing around terms like "culture of success" and "inherited culture" when referring to non-white groups. Talk about skinning a cat another way. Lipsitz may occasionally overindulge his tendency to psychologize, but to dismiss his account of whiteness as an "organizing principle in social and cultural relations," as L. puts it, would be in error. An excellent introduction to the topic. Lots of other good stuff out there, too: Roediger, Frankenberg, et al. Dive in.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time, 2 Aug 1999
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This review is from: The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics (Paperback)
George Lipsitz may have a decent point here - that whiteness comes with advantages. But reading his book is much too tiresome to attempt to understand this point. Like far too many academics, his style is unreadable (ex: way too many buzzwords). His examples are weak, and he shows an obvious distaste for conservatives. Try reading Andrew Hacker's Two Nations instead.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yet another tiring book of propoganda, 4 Mar 1999
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This review is from: The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics (Paperback)
I cannot remember another book that had this much sophistry and demagoguery packed into this little (300 odd pages) a book. What this tome represents is an attempted refutation of both the long standing enculturation arguments of Thomas Sowell and the hereditarian arguments of Murray and Herrnstein by means of the ingenious use of a politicized psychological profile.
Essentially, this book is an attempt to skin a cat another way. Taken aback by convincing arguments as to the long term cultural nature of success (as detailed in such books as "The Economics and Politics of Race" and "Race and Culture" by Thomas Sowell), this is a base attempt to convince the reader by means of a personalized narrative that an unspoken privelage system between whites exists.
In othere words, this book is simple propoganda dressed up as serious work. No attempt is made to address ther sucdcess of non-white minorities that have suffered horrendous discrimination, and no attempt is made to address the success of blacks and latinos that come from successfull backgrounds in other countries and continue to do so years after assimilation into US culture, all of which suggests inhereted culture -not white psychology- is the main reason behind success or failure.
This book is a bald attempt at blame. It is the last line of the Evil Whitey thesis which has finally run its course, and it's weakest intellectual link. It is clear how far the left has gotten that it now rests its civil rights vision on such ephemeral bugaboos as "unconsicous racism".
What H.L. Mencken said about government could very easily be attached to its greatest defenders on the modern Left- "The entire aim of practical politics is to keep the public alarmed with a series hobgoblins and ghosts, all of them fictional. The average modern intellectual has more superstitions than the average medieval peasant"
That pretty much sums up this turkey in one apt phrase. This is a great book- if you plan to use it as a bookstop.
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