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Waste of a White Skin

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard


This is an intellectual, political, and institutional history of scientific racist thought focused on the Carnegie Corporation’s antipoverty philanthropy with “poor whites” in South Africa (1927–1932). I trace the origins, analysis, and outcomes of the Carnegie Commission in apartheid law and in cultural and social organizations that synchronized Afrikaner Nationalism. I study the conditions that shaped the study and of how the study was used in building South African social science about race and poverty. This case study analyzes how a global racial order—“global whiteness”—working with the r ... More

Keywords: Poor White Study, scientific racism, whiteness studies, poor whites, global whiteness, white misery, South Africa, Carnegie Corporation, Inspectorate of White Labor, segregationist philanthropy, slave foundation nexus, racial logic, white nationalism, Afrikaner Nationalism, black internationalism, black feminism, E. G. Malherbe, M. E. Rothmann, J. R. Albertyn, Roger Ballen, D. C. Boonzaier, political entrepreneurs, race-relations technicians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520280861
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520280861.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, author
University of California, Irvine