What is whiteness?

  • (noun): The quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black).
    Synonyms: white


In colorimetry, whiteness is the degree to which a surface is white. An example of its use might be to quantitatively compare two pieces of paper which appear white viewed individually, but not when juxtaposed.

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Whiteness Studies - Criticisms
... Writer David Horowitz draws a distinction between whiteness studies and other disciplines ... National Post, has sharply criticized Whiteness Studies ... She wrote that Whiteness Studies "points to a new low in moral vacuity and civilizational self-loathing" and is an example of "academic pusillanimity." According to Kay ...
Whiteness, Shetland
... Whiteness (Old Norse Hvitanes, white headland) is a village and parish in the Shetland Islands, on Mainland ... village has a Methodist church located in South Whiteness and the Whiteness Primary School faces Whitedale F.C.'s Football Pitch, Strom ... The Whiteness hall is directly next to the primary school ...
Whiteness Studies
... Whiteness studies is an interdisciplinary arena of academic inquiry focused on what proponents describe as the cultural, historical and sociological aspects of people identified ... in the field include Ruth Frankenberg (White Women, Race Matters The Social Construction of Whiteness, 1993), author and literary critic Toni Morrison (Playing in the Dark Whiteness and the Literary ... numerous works across many disciplines analyzed whiteness, and it has since become a topic for academic courses, research and anthologies ...
Michael Phillips (historian) - Academic Career
... Whiteness became contingent upon not just European ancestry, but conformity to a number of political beliefs, including acceptance of elite rule, as well as belief in ... As Phillips suggests, in Dallas “whiteness was most clearly defined by what it was not it was not black, communal, or socialist” ... Phillips suggests, however, that whiteness gained can become whiteness lost ...
Whiteness Studies - Development of The Field - History of Whiteness
... Whiteness studies draws on research over the last forty years into the definition of race, almost entirely within the American context (though see Bonnett, A ... academic Joseph Pugliese is among writers who have applied whiteness studies to an Australian context, discussing the ways that Indigenous Australians were marginalized in the wake ... White Australia policy as a conscious attempt to preserve the "purity" of whiteness in Australian society ...

Famous quotes containing the word whiteness:

    The magic sifted whiteness of her mind
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    Allen Tate (1899–1979)

    The wanton snow flew to her breast,
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    William Strode (1602?–1645)

    During those years in Stamps, I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare. He was my first white love.... it was Shakespeare who said, “When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes.” It was a state of mind with which I found myself most familiar. I pacified myself about his whiteness by saying that after all he had been dead so long it couldn’t matter to anyone any more.
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928)