Meaning of Race Race, History, and Culture in Western Society

ISBN-10: 0814755534
ISBN-13: 9780814755532
Edition: N/A
Authors: Kenan Malik
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 8/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 323
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Today, race seems to be both everywhere and nowhere. There still exists a general abhorrence about discriminating between people according to their race. And yet, people are continually categorized according to their race--Afro- Caribbean, white, Jewish--though we often have difficulty in defining just what race is. Everything from criminality to the entrepreneurial spirit is given a racial connotation--witness stereotypes of black muggers or Asian shopkeepers.The Meaning of Race argues that the social meaning of race in modern society emerges from the contradiction between an ideological commitment to equality and the persistence of inequality as a practical reality. Kenan Malik here follows the development of racial ideology over the past two hundred years, tracing the different forms it has taken, from biological theories of race to the relationship between race and culture. Specific attention is focused on the impact of the break up of the postwar order and the end of the Cold War and the concomitant repoliticisation of the notion of racial difference. Malik goes on to critique the poststructuralist and postmodern theories of difference which have become the backbone of contemporary antiracist discourse, and to examine the possibility of transcending the discourse of race.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Beyond the Liberal Hour
The Social Limits to Equality
The Making of a Discourse of Race
Race in the Age of Democracy
Race, Culture and Nationhood
From Biological Hierarchy to Cultural Diversity
Cultural Wars
Universalism, Humanism and the Discourse of Race
Equality and Emancipation
Notes and References
Bibliography
Index

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