Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 June 2014

256 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719064333

Bookseller Code (06)


Engendering whiteness

White women and colonialism in Barbados and North Carolina, 1627-1865

Cecily Jones

Published by Manchester University Press

Studies in Imperialism MUP

  • Cross-cultural, comparative approach to the analysis of white women's lives in Barbados and North Carolina during the era of plantation slavery
  • Whiteness as lived experience that is both gendered and racialised is the underlying theme that runs through this book
  • Prompts greater reflection on whiteness as a historically constructed racial identity in general, and the gendering of white racial identity in particular
  • Gender histories of slave societies typically focus on elite white womanhood - Engendering whiteness explores the centrality of social class in the limits and freedoms of white women's lives
  • Case studies of poor white women in Barbados and North Carolina reveal the ways in which their social class positioning not only qualified their claims to whiteness, but also how these marginalized women responded to their situations

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