1st Edition

Naming Race, Naming Racisms

ISBN 9780415849029
Published October 30, 2013 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Eschewing social scientific approaches, which tend to examine race and racism in terms of quasi-static ideal types, this book surveys differing historical contexts from the era of scientific racism in the nineteenth-century to the post-racial racism of the post 9/11 period, and from Europe to the United States, in order to understand how racism has been articulated in differing situations. It is distinguished by the attention it pays to the on-going power of racial discourse in the contemporary period as a legitimating factor in oppression. It exemplifies methodological openness, combining the work of historians, philosophers, religious scholars, and literary critics, and includes differing theoretical models in pursuing a critical approach to race: cultural studies; trauma theory and psychoanalysis; critical theory and consideration of the "new racism"; and postcolonialism and the literature on globalization. It brings together the work of leading academics with younger practitioners and is capped off by an interview with world-renowned intellectual Cornel West on black intellectuals in America.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Patterns of Prejudice.

Table of Contents

1. Naming Race, Naming Racisms: An Introduction  Jonathan Judaken  2. Antinomies of Race: Diversity and Destiny in Kant  Mark Larrimore  3. A Haitian in Paris: Anténor Firmin as a Philosopher Against Racism  Robert Bernasconi  4. Surviving Maurraus: Jacques Maritain’s Jewish Question  Richard Crane  5. Kenneth B. Clark and The Problem of Power  Damon Freeman  6. Listening to Melancholia: Alice Walker’s ‘Meridian’  Leigh Anne Duck  7. Riots, Disasters and Racism: Impending Racial Cataclysm and the Extreme Right in the United States  George Michael and D.J. Mulloy  8. Assia Djebar’s qualam: The Poetics of the Trace in Postcolonial Algeria  Brigitte Weltman-Aron  9. "Everybody else just living their lives": 9/11, Race, and the New Postglobal Literature  Alfred Lopez  10. So What’s New?: Rethinking the New Antisemitism in a Global Age  Jonathan Judaken  11. Black Intellectuals in America: A Conversation with Cornel West  Jonathan Judaken and Jennifer Geddes

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Jonathan Judaken is an associate professor of intellectual and cultural history at the University of Memphis.