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By Wendy S. Shaw

This groundbreaking publication brings the examine of whiteness and postcolonial views to endure on debates approximately city change.A thought-provoking contribution to debates approximately city swap, race and cosmopolitan urbanismBrings the learn of whiteness to the self-discipline of geography, wondering the thought of white ethnicityEngages with Indigenous peoples' stories of whiteness – earlier and current, and with theoretical postcolonial perspectivesUses Sydney for example of a 'city of whiteness', contemplating traits akin to Sydney's 'SoHo Syndrome' and the 'Harlemisation' of the Aboriginal neighborhood

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Mills’ studies of ‘packaged’ cultural identities, as marketed by property developers in Vancouver, provided detailed accounts of the development and marketing of an inner city. A social process was identified, but was limited to drawing out a relationship between developer (producer) and purchaser (consumer) of culturally packaged real estate. Although a groundbreaking analysis of the motivations of developers and (to an extent) buyers, the impacts of such negotiations on other groups of people, or services, were not included in the analyses, whether they existed or not.

Wiegman (1999, 19) also identified that a ‘repeated appeal to the minoritized, injured ‘‘nature’’ of whiteness’ (cf Brown 1995) appeared to be in step with the existence of the largely North American fields ENCOUNTERING CITIES OF WHITENESS 33 of ‘Ethnic [and Black] Studies’, which are commonly associated with university departments. One ‘school’ of whiteness studies has focused on the ‘marginal’ status of those identified as ‘white trash’ (Wray and Newitz 1997). This ‘school’ has laudably included class analyses within studies of ‘white’ ethnicities (Winders 2003), and this is indeed a field in need of sympathetic inquiry.

She remarked on the persistence of ‘an ordered (racialized) reality whose subject positionings [remained] . . fixed and undifferentiated’ (Anderson 1998, 206). Consequently, she argued, these ‘neat stories of unilateral hegemony’ (Anderson 1998, 210), were downplaying and homogenizing difference. Meanwhile, some geographers were attempting to encompass the concept of difference by reorientating scholarly attention to the project of identifying the politics of difference (Dunn 1993, Fincher and Jacobs 1998, Young 1990).

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