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Naming Race, Naming Racisms

1st Edition

Edited by Jonathan Judaken


256 pages

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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

About the Editor

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General