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Racial Subjects
Writing on Race in America

ISBN 9780415918312
Published March 19, 1997 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

Racial Subjects heralds the next wave of writing about race and moves discussions about race forward as few other books recently have. Arguing that racism is best understood as exclusionary relations of power rather than simply as hateful expressions, David Theo Goldberg analyzes contemporary expressions of race and racism. He engages political economy, culture, and everyday material life against a background analysis of profound demographic shifts and changing class formation and relations. Issues covered in Racial Subjects include the history of changing racial categories over the last two hundred years of U.S. census taking, multiculturalism, the experience of being racially mixed, the rise of new black public intellectuals, race and the law in the wake of the O. J. Simpson verdict, relations between blacks and Jews, and affirmative action.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: The Racial Fabric 2. Hate, or Power? 3. Taking Stock: Counting by Race 4. Made in the USA: Racial Mixing `n Matching 5. In/Visibility and Super/Vision: Fanon and Racial Formation 6. Whither West? The Making of a Public Intellectual 7. Between Blacks and Jews 8. A World of Difference: O. J.'s Jury and Racial Justice 9. Crime and Preference in the Multicultural City 10. Wedded to Dixie: Dinesh D'Souza and the New Segregationism Notes Bibliography Index (by name) Index (by concept)

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David Theo Goldberg is Director of the School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of Racist Culture (1993) and editor of Anatomy of Racism (1990) and Multiculturalism: A Critical Reader (1995).


"This collection of essays thus opens paths of inquiry in various directions at once, exemplifying the ethical puzzles that no one escapes who writes sincerely about topics of race in America." -- Ethics