Once studies of race and ethnicity were dominated by discussion of non-western and exotic identities. However, recent years have seen the development of a debate on the meaning and nature of a supposedly very 'normal' or 'ordinary' identity - whiteness.~White Identities provides a comprehensive overview of this debate, drawing together the various strands of recent research into an accessible but challenging introduction. The author argues that 'White Studies', as it is presently conceived, is an American project, reflecting American interpretations of race and history. However the book shows that the impact of white identities is international in scope and significance. Thus, only a thorough historical and international perspective on whiteness can provide a proper introduction to the subject, an introduction that has relevance to students worldwide.~Alastair Bonnett is a Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.