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Paul Gilroy

1st Edition

By Paul Williams


178 pages

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Paul Gilroy has been a controversial force at the forefront of debates around race, nation, and diaspora. Working across a broad range of disciplines, Gilroy has argued that racial identities are historically constructed, formed by colonization, slavery, nationalist philosophies, and consumer capitalism.

Paul Williams introduces Gilroy’s key themes and ideas, including:

  • the essential concepts, including ethnic absolutism, civilizationism, postcolonial melancholia, iconization, and the ‘black Atlantic’
  • analysis of Gilroy’s broad-ranging cultural references, from Edmund Burke to hip-hop
  • a comprehensive overview of Gilroy’s influences and the academic debates his work has inspired.

Emphasizing the timeliness and global relevance of Gilroy’s ideas, this guide will appeal to anyone approaching Gilroy’s work for the first time or seeking to further their understanding of race and contemporary culture.

Table of Contents

Why Gilroy? Gilroy’s Influences 1. Ethnic Absolutism 2. Civilizationism 3. Race is Ordinary 4. Postcolonial Melancholia in the UK 5. The Black Atlantic I: A Counterculture of Modernity 6. The Black Atlantic II: The Politics of Vernacular Culture 7. Iconization 8. The Black Atlantic III: Diaspora and the Transnational Study of Visual Culture After Gilroy

About the Author/Editor

Dr Paul Williams is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature at the University of Exeter, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.

The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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