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In keeping with our mission to bring awareness of current trends and knowledge in the study of whiteness to a broader public, we are creating a comprehensive Book Database. It covers topics of whiteness, white privilege, white American culture, and what white Americans can do to create a multiracial, anti-racist society.

Along with whiteness, anti-racists need to learn about the issues of people of color. While that area is not the expertise of the Center for the Study of White American Culture, we offer two forthcoming lists: a bibliography developed by the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond; and our Recommended Reading list. Both will contain books focused on issues of people of color, as well as matters of whiteness. See more.

The Book Database is a work in progress. Along with books, listings include chapters, mostly from "edited books," i.e. books in which each chapter is written by a separate author or authors. Typically, but not always, edited books are written for an academic audience.

Books listed date back as far as the 1970s. There are many gaps in the database. Significant works from recent times may not yet be entered. We will continue to update the database, but we offer it in its present form because we believe it contains enough information to be a useful tool.

The presence of a book in the database does not mean we endorse the work or consider it especially significant, and the absence of a book does not mean we disapprove of the book or think it insignificant.

Books may be found by using the supplied indices, of which presently there are three:

The General Index: This index lists around 25 general categories representing major areas of human life and experience.

The Hot Topic Index: As the anti-racist movement has grown in the US, so has the number of specialized areas of concern. This index captures many of those subtopics. Since we think it important to present books of current interest, this list includes works focused on people of color as well as those on whiteness.

The Detailed Index: This index is much more detailed and eclectic. It is good for researchers who may wish to browse through many topics, or those who wish to locate very specific topics.

Our current efforts are directed toward expanding the number of entries, and indexing them as they are added. We are also considering adding listings by author and title. These functions may be added over the next few months. There is no general search function, although one may be added in the indefinite future.

If you have suggestions for entries to the Book Database, or for index items for any given entry, please send them to Please make reference to the "Book Database" in the subject line.

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Detailed Index
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Detailed Index

academic, anthropology, cultural

academic, communication

academic, counseling

academic, cultural criticism

academic, education, multicultural

academic, film studies

academic, history

academic, law

academic, literature, American

academic, pedagogy

academic, psychology

academic, sociology

academic, women's studies


Affirmative Action

African Americans, advice to whites

African Americans, experiencing racist incidents

African Americans, view of whites

Afrocentric perspective



Aryan nations

assimilation, of white ethnics to Anglo-Saxon ideal

assimilation, to whiteness demanded of non-whites

author identified as black female

author identified as black male

author identified as white female

author identified as white male

author identified Asian


Civil Rights era


class, middle and white identity

class, working and white identity

college settings



comparative perspective: black and white

comparative perspective: white and black

comparative perspective: white, black and red

Eurocentrism, in literature



historical, 16th century

historical, 17th century

historical, 18th century

historical, 19th century

historical, 20th century

historical, Civil Rights era

historical, Colonial

humor and satire

identity, American, as white Anglo-Saxon


Indian nations, Cherokee

Indian nations, Hopi


Ku Klux Klan


multicultural environments


organizing, white anti-racist

racial classification

racial reconciliation


racism as a white problem

racism, effects on white people

racism, institutional




slaveholders, non-white


Southern society

spiritual concerns

training, of white professionals

training, of whites by whites

white adolescents

white anti-racism

white awareness

white children

white consciousness

white cultural norms, egalitarianism, freedom, equality

white cultural norms, individuality

white cultural norms, materialistic aspirations and upward mobility

white cultural norms, nonexpressiveness

white cultural norms, paternalism

white cultural norms, production

white culture

white culture and native Americans

white culture in North Carolina

white culture in South Carolina

white culture, as corporate culture

white culture, constructing racial difference

white culture, exploiting people of color

white culture, mutually influenced by black culture

white ethnicity

white ethnicity, Irish

white ethnicity, pecking order of

white ethnicity, WASP

white family structure

white guilt

white identity

white identity, and antiracism

white identity, as maleable or changing

white identity, defined by contrast to the Other

white images of black slaves

white innocence

white liberals

white men

white pride

white privilege

white professionals, educators

white racial identity development

white racism

white settlers in Australia

white settlers in Canada

white settlers in New Zealand

white settlers in the United States

white shame

white students

white studies

white supremacist groups

white supremacy

white trash

white women


whiteness, abolition of

whiteness, and colonialism

whiteness, and domination

whiteness, and literature

whiteness, and multiculturalism

whiteness, and popular culture

whiteness, and racial politics

whiteness, and the interracial community

whiteness, and the media

whiteness, and working class

whiteness, as invisible

whiteness, as normative

whiteness, as terror

whiteness, discursive analysis of

whiteness, history of

whiteness, in other countries, Kenya

whiteness, in other countries, South Africa

whiteness, in other countries, Southern Rhodesia

whiteness, in the nineteenth century

whiteness, social construction of

whites, acting racist

whites, adjustment to nonwhite cultures

whites, advice to regarding race relations

whites, and ethnic identity

whites, and other racial/cultural groups, African Americans

whites, and other racial/cultural groups, American Indians

whites, and politics

whites, antiracist

whites, anti-racist

whites, as

whites, as "oppressed," discriminated against

whites, as a minority

whites, as allies to people of color

whites, as innocent

whites, autobiographical accounts by

whites, claiming to be not white

whites, having experiential deficit, lack of contact with people of color

whites, having no ethnic identification

whites, having no racial consciousness

whites, humor about

whites, in college

whites, in nearly or all white settings

whites, interacting with African Americans

whites, liberal

whites, located in U.S., Alabama

whites, located in U.S., Georgia

whites, located in U.S., Illinois

whites, located in U.S., Illinois, Chicago

whites, located in U.S., Mississippi

whites, located in U.S., New Jersey

whites, located in U.S., North Carolina

whites, located in U.S., Pennsylvania

whites, located in U.S., South Carolina

whites, located outside U.S., Britain

whites, located outside U.S., Ireland

whites, located outside U.S., South Africa

whites, Northern

whites, poor

whites, racist

whites, seeing minority cultures as exotic, romantic

whites, seeing minority cultures as pathological

whites, seeing minority cultures as sexual

whites, Southern

whites, stereotyping by

whites, unaware of racism

whites, unaware of whiteness

whites, working class


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