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Reconsidering Social Identification
Race, Gender, Class and Caste

ISBN 9781138663879
Published January 20, 2016 by Routledge India
462 Pages

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Book Description

This volume investigates how four socially constructed identities (race, gender, class and caste) can be rethought as matrices designed to accumulate various kinds of socio-economic values and to translate and transfer these values from one group to another. Essays in the anthology also attempt to compare the mechanisms deployed by various groups to consolidate identificatory investments. Drawn mainly for the fields of literary and cultural studies, the essays are grouped in four categories. Essays collected under ‘Theoretical Approaches’ scrutinize the relative value of various approaches; those collected under ‘Considerations of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation’ examine the interaction between these three categories in formation of identities; those grouped under ‘Comparative Analysis of African-American and Dalit Writing’ provide comparative analyses of the literary productions of these two oppressed groups; and, finally, those under ‘The Persistence of Racialized Perceptions’ focus on the role of ideologically inflected perception of European colonizers and the persistence of such perception in the categorization and treatment of colonial migrants to the metropolis.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements -- Introduction/Abdul R. JanMohamed -- Part I: Theoretical Approaches -- 1. African-American Women and the Republics/Hortense Spillers -- 2. Genre Theory, Catachresis and the Fetish: -- The Case of Canada/J. Douglas Kneale -- 3. Race in the Dialectics of Culture/Lewis R. Gordon -- 4. What Lacan and Agamben Can Do for Subjectivity in the Age of Globalization: Additional Perspectives for Hardt’s and Negri’s Concept of Multitude/Myoung Ah Shin -- Part II: Considerations of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation -- 5. Transitions in Marginality: From ‘Gender’ to ‘Ethnicity’ in Contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand/Rachel Simon-Kumar -- 6. ‘There Comes Papa’: Sambandham with Specific Reference to the Nayar Community and Its Impact on Kerala Society, c. 1900–2009/A. Raghu -- 7. Buying and Selling Blackness: White-Collar Boxing and Racialized Consumerism/Lucia Trimbur -- 8. Multiple Burdens, Multiple Identities: The Complex Consciousness of the African-American Women’s Movement/T. Sarada -- 9. ‘They can’t see us at all’: Queering Ontogenetic Liminality through ‘Gayze’/Mashrur Shahid Hossain -- 10. Deliciously In Between: Transgressing Borders with Gay Best Friendship/Kathryn Hummel -- Part III: Comparative Analysis of African-American and Dalit Writing -- 11. Contestation of Intra-structural Power Shifts in the Categories of Race and Caste/Class in Maya Angelou and Bama/D. Laura Dameris Chellajothi -- 12. Towards a Theoretical Proposition for the Understanding of Caste and Race: A Pedagogical Perspective/Alladi Uma -- 13. Towards Reconstructing Caste, Class and Gender: Kalyana Rao’s Antarani Vasantam (Untouchable Spring)/M. Sridhar -- Part IV: The Persistence of Racialized Perceptions -- 14. Women’s Time? Turn-of-the-20th-Century Travel Writing on Korea/Young-hee Kim -- 15. Political Conquests and Sexual Metaphors: A Study of Ballantyne’s The Coral Island and Kipling’s Jungle Books/Marie Fernandes -- 16. The Political Economy of Asian Immigrant Labour in Canada: Intersections of Race, Gender and Class/Habiba Zaman -- 17. Class, Gender and Ethnicity in Relation to Health Care: A Study of Social Disparities in Swedish Health Care/Sharareh Akhavan -- Bibliography -- About the Editor -- Notes on Contributors -- Index.

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Abdul R. JanMohamed is Chancellor's Professor, Department of English, University of California, Berkeley.