Sociology of Whiteness

Monica McDermott, Annie Ferguson

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The past 20 years have witnessed a tremendous accumulation of research in whiteness studies in general, and in the sociology of whiteness in particular. In contrast to the earliest days of research in this subfield, much recent work has moved beyond preoccupations with whiteness as a seemingly invisible, default racial category to instead consider whiteness as a complex identity and basis of structural privilege and neocolonial dominance. Predominantly autobiographical and strictly theoretical work has been augmented by sophisticated empirical studies from a variety of methodological traditions. Contemporary scholars continue to grapple with epistemological concerns and the issue of how to dismantle that which is totalizing and hegemonic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAnnual Review of Sociology
StatePublished - 2022


  • intersectionality
  • race relations
  • racial identity
  • social class
  • social movements
  • whiteness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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