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white privilege

Definition of White Privilege

(noun) The unearned benefits white people receive in Western countries simply by being part of the dominant group.

White Privilege Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /(h)waɪt ˈprɪv(ə)lɪdʒ/
    • British English
      • /wʌɪt ˈprɪv(ᵻ)lɪdʒ/
      • /wʌɪt ˈprɪvl̩ɪdʒ/
  • Syllabification: (white priv·i·lege)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: white privileges
  • Also called white skin privilege.

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Cite the Definition of White Privilege

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “white privilege.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 15, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/white-privilege/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

white privilege. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/white-privilege/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “white privilege.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 15, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/white-privilege/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“white privilege.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 15 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/white-privilege/>.