Cities of Whiteness by Wendy S. ShawCities of Whiteness by Wendy S. Shaw

Cities of Whiteness

byWendy S. Shaw

Paperback | October 29, 2007

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This groundbreaking book brings the study of whiteness and postcolonial perspectives to bear on debates about urban change.
  • A thought-provoking contribution to debates about urban change, race and cosmopolitan urbanism
  • Brings the study of whiteness to the discipline of geography, questioning the notion of white ethnicity
  • Engages with Indigenous peoples' experiences of whiteness – past and present, and with theoretical postcolonial perspectives
  • Uses Sydney as an example of a 'city of whiteness', considering trends such as Sydney's 'SoHo Syndrome' and the 'Harlemisation' of the Aboriginal community
Wendy S. Shaw is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of New South Wales. Her research interests include the meanings of heritage in Australia and other Pacific places, the impacts of high-rise developments, and the status of Indigenous peoples in Australia and around the world.
Title:Cities of WhitenessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.62 inPublished:October 29, 2007Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1405129123

ISBN - 13:9781405129121

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Boxes.



1. Encountering Cities of Whiteness.

Journeying to Inner Sydney.

Cities as Cultural Constructions - Gentrification and Urbanism.

The Birth of Whiteness Scholarship.

Cities of Neo-colonial Whiteness.

2. (Post)colonial Sydney.

From Dangerous to Endangered City.

Securing Whiteness in the Paradoxical City.


3. 'The Good Old Days'.

Heritage Dreaming.

Performing Sydney Heritage.

Activating Heritage.

Architectures of Escape 1: Into the Past.


4. Cosmopolitan Metropolitanism (Or The Indifferent City).


Manhattan Dreaming (in Sydney Australia).

Architectures of Escape 2: Sydney's SoHo Syndrome.


5. Cities of Whiteness.

Geographies of Urban Whiteness.

Studying Cities.

The End of (Cities of) Whiteness?



Editorial Reviews

“Cities of Whiteness is an important contribution to our understanding of how race works in the postmodern city. It shows in clear and convincing detail how whiteness is bound up with property, heritage and fear.”Alastair Bonnett, Newcastle University “Wendy S. Shaw writes with passion, with political commitment, carefully and engagingly, and with the kind of gallows humour that can be expected in grim situations. Her subtle and always empirically-grounded analysis astutely picks at the invisible structures of racialization that underpin white privilege and power. Sydney and New York, after Cities of Whiteness, are not such virtuous cities of multiculturalism. Instead, we see these cities afresh, complete with their promiscuous and particular processes of white superiority.” Steve Pile, The Open University