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Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520280861

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520280861.001.0001

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The Roots of White Poverty

The Roots of White Poverty

Cheap, Lazy, Inefficient … Black

(p.97) Chapter 4 The Roots of White Poverty
Waste of a White Skin

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

University of California Press

“The Roots of White Poverty: Cheap, Lazy, Inefficient … Black” examines the alarming lack of difference between liberal and Marxist historiographies as they misunderstand the relationship between poor whites and black workers through the racialized concepts job competition and cheap labor. The chapter draws on the concept of a racial wealth divide to demonstrate how the concept of cheap labor and the concept of inefficient African labor are features of the production of racial difference. The chapter foregrounds the often-obscured role of white working-class women in the making of white male proletarian providers. The chapter critiques the impulse to interrogate African culture as a stand-in for looking at African economic organization and the inattention to African economic agency.

Keywords:   cheap labor, unfair black economic threat, scientific management of labor, inefficient African labor, proletarian providers, white working class women, industrialization and culture, antipoverty social research

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