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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr (July 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814798934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814798935
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
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aAdd[s] a needed dimension to the study of race in political science that I hope scholars beyond the field of theory will take to heart.a - Perspectives on Politics

aClearly and stylishly written and argued. . . well-supported by wide-ranging research and striking knowledge. . . . The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race ranges across centuries and continents and moves from intellectual to political and social history gracefully.a - David Roediger, author of T"he Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class"

aAn indispensable book. The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race takes the study of whiteness to a new level both historically and theoretically. No previous study of the familiar racial category-'white'-has attained such global breadth and analytical depth. It remedies a significant gap in the social scientific study of race, providing an intellectual history of whiteness that is both erudite and accessible.a - Howard Winant, author of "The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice"

aIn racial discourse, the term 'Caucasian' has always had a scientific aura and a prestige elevated above that of the simpler colloquial 'white.' Bruce Baum's fascinating and extensively researched genealogy of the concept and its subsequent career provides an eye-opening history of the utter bogusness of these pretensions. As such, the book is not merely an invaluable addition to the recent 'whiteness' literature and a documentation of the myriad shifting possibilities of racialization, but a salutary reminder of the political economy that always underlies the category 'race.a - Charles W. Mills, author of "The Racial Contract"

aIn charting the course of the 'Caucasian race' from a despised, barely European peoples to a scientific classification for white identity, Bruce Baum illuminates the socially constructed nature of race and the role of science in shaping it. His analysis of the changing fortunes of this curious concept demonstrates that even scientific inquiry is deeply influenced by the social and political assumptions of its time. By showing that the Caucasian race is a product of power rather than a racial group descended from the Caucasus region, The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race makes an important contribution to the study of race and whiteness.a - Joel Olson, author of "The Abolition of White Democracy"

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"Clearly and stylishly written and argued. . . well-supported by wide-ranging research and striking knowledge. . . . "The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race" ranges across centuries and continents and moves from intellectual to political and social history gracefully."
)-(David Roediger), (author of "The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class")

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"In charting the course of the 'Caucasian race' from a despised, barely European peoples to a scientific classification for white identity, Bruce Baum illuminates the socially constructed nature of race and the role of science in shaping it. His analysis of the changing fortunes of this curious concept demonstrates that even scientific inquiry is deeply influenced by the social and political assumptions of its time. By showing that the Caucasian race is a product of power rather than a racial group descended from the Caucasus region, "The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race" makes an important contribution to the study of race and whiteness."
)-(Joel Olson), (author of "The Abolition of White Democracy")

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"In racial discourse, the term 'Caucasian' has always had a scientific aura and a prestige elevated above that of the simpler colloquial 'white.' Bruce Baum's fascinating and extensively researched genealogy of the concept and its subsequent career provides an eye-opening history of the utter bogusness of these pretensions. As such, the book is not merely an invaluable addition to the recent 'whiteness' literature and a documentation of the myriad shifting possibilities of racialization, but a salutary reminder of the political economy that always underlies the category 'race.'"
)-(Charles W. Mills), (author of "The Racial Contract")

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"An indispensable book. "The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race" takes the study of whiteness to a new level both historically and theoretically. No previous study of the familiar racial category-'white'-has attained such global breadth and analytical depth. It remedies a significant gap in the social scientific study of race, providing an intellectual history of whiteness that is both erudite and accessible."
)-(Howard Winant), (author of "The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice")

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"Add[s] a needed dimension to the study of race in political science that I hope scholars beyond the field of theory will take to heart."
)-(Perspectives on Politics), ()

"Clearly and stylishly written and argued. . . well-supported by wide-ranging research and striking knowledge. . . . "The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race" ranges across centuries and continents and moves from intellectual to political and social history gracefully."
-David Roediger, author of "The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class"

"In racial discourse, the term 'Caucasian' has always had a scientific aura and a prestige elevated above that of the simpler colloquial 'white.' Bruce Baum's fascinating and extensively researched genealogy of the concept and its subsequent career provides an eye-opening history of the utter bogusness of these pretensions. As such, the book is not merely an invaluable addition to the recent 'whiteness' literature and a documentation of the myriad shifting possibilities of racialization, but a salutary reminder of the political economy that always underlies the category 'race.'"
-Charles W. Mills, author of "The Racial Contract"

"Add[s] a needed dimension to the study of race in political science that I hope scholars beyond the field of theory will take to heart."
-Perspectives on Politics,

"An indispensable book. "The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race" takes the study of whiteness to a new level both historically and theoretically. No previous study of the familiar racial category-'white'-has attained such global breadth and analytical depth. It remedies a significant gap in the social scientific study of race, providing an intellectual history of whiteness that is both erudite and accessible."
-Howard Winant, author of "The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice"

"In charting the course of the 'Caucasian race' from a despised, barely European peoples to a scientific classification for white identity, Bruce Baum illuminates the socially constructed nature of race and the role of science in shaping it. His analysis of the changing fortunes of this curious concept demonstrates that even scientific inquiry is deeply influenced by the social and political assumptions of its time. By showing that the Caucasian race is a product of power rather than a racial group descended from the Caucasus region, "The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race" makes an important contribution to the study of race and whiteness."
-Joel Olson, author of "The Abolition of White Democracy"

"The first book to take seriously teenagers' sexual agency and desire in an era where sex has become synonymous with sexual victimization, and fear and anger have clouded over the possibility of delight and sensuality. Phillips leads the way among bright new theorists who work with Latina, African-American, and white voices together to bring to the fields of psychology and gender studies a fresh analysis that preserves the complexity of their hopes and realities surrounding sex."-Sharon Lamb, author of "the New Versions of Victims: Feminists Struggle with the Concept"

"Based on narrated experiences of thirty young women, Lynn Phillips takes us up close to their sexual encounters as they 'flirt with danger, ' naming abuse, patriarchy, and female victimization only when they discuss other women, never themselves, although many of those interviewed have been raped and/or in otherwise abusive situations with men. The educative possibilities in Phillips' work are stunning--all those interested in working toward a world in which men and women interact in healthy ways, both sexually and otherwise, must read this book."-"Adolescence",

"A fascinating study of the ways young women of diverse backgrounds interpret heterosexual relations. Phillips, a feminist psychologist committed to research that reveals and resists domination, grapples here with the surprising paradoxes and contradictions expressed in young women's fears, fantasies, beliefs, and desires. Based on careful research and clear analytic argument, Flirting with Danger is a remarkably wise, compassionate, and useful book."-Sara Ruddick, author of "Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace"

"Shows how far feminist theory has come and how far it has yet to go. . . . Avoiding simplistic dichotomies, Phillips eloquently negotiates the tricky terrain between female pleasure and male accountability. A brilliant demonstration of how social constructionist theory can serve as a framework for social activism."-Rhoda Unger, Montclair State University

"Flirting with Danger is well worth the read and is likely to stimulate lively discussion in the classroom. Phillips has a good ear for narrative and a keen sense of the uncertainties and competing forces that shape heterosexual relationships for contemporary young women."-"Psychology of Women Quarterly", Vol. 26

"Add[s] a needed dimension to the study of race in political science that I hope scholars beyond the field of theory will take to heart."
-Perspectives on Politics

Add[s] a needed dimension to the study of race in political science that I hope scholars beyond the field of theory will take to heart.
-Perspectives on Politics"

Clearly and stylishly written and argued. . . well-supported by wide-ranging research and striking knowledge. . . . "The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race" ranges across centuries and continents and moves from intellectual to political and social history gracefully.
-David Roediger, author of "The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class""

An indispensable book. "The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race" takes the study of whiteness to a new level both historically and theoretically. No previous study of the familiar racial category- white -has attained such global breadth and analytical depth. It remedies a significant gap in the social scientific study of race, providing an intellectual history of whiteness that is both erudite and accessible.
-Howard Winant, author of "The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice""

In racial discourse, the term Caucasian has always had a scientific aura and a prestige elevated above that of the simpler colloquial 'white.' Bruce Baum's fascinating and extensively researched genealogy of the concept and its subsequent career provides an eye-opening history of the utter bogusness of these pretensions. As such, the book is not merely an invaluable addition to the recent whiteness literature and a documentation of the myriad shifting possibilities of racialization, but a salutary reminder of the political economy that always underlies the category race.
-Charles W. Mills, author of "The Racial Contract""

In charting the course of the 'Caucasian race' from a despised, barely European peoples to a scientific classification for white identity, Bruce Baum illuminates the socially constructed nature of race and the role of science in shaping it. His analysis of the changing fortunes of this curious concept demonstrates that even scientific inquiry is deeply influenced by the social and political assumptions of its time. By showing that the Caucasian race is a product of power rather than a racial group descended from the Caucasus region, "The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race" makes an important contribution to the study of race and whiteness.
-Joel Olson, author of "The Abolition of White Democracy""

About the Author

Bruce Baum is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Rereading Power and Freedom in J. S. Mill.

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HASH(0xa4e41dc8) out of 5 stars A Winner ! March 1 2006
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Bruce Baum drives the reader to a much more comprehensive understanding of modern race relations through this careful study of what it means to be caucasian. The ability to sift reality from the socially ascribed labels and preconceptions of race separates Baum from others who have attempted to address this area in the past. His work is deeply insightful and led me to a clearer understanding of my own roots and place in this world. Factual and simultaneously poetic, Baum's writing is to modern political science what Dylan was to the music scene in the 60's and 70's. I will be using this work in my Multicultural Studies program next fall and will eagerly anticipate Baum's work in the future.


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