Toward a Global Idea of Race

ISBN-10: 0816649200

ISBN-13: 9780816649204

Edition: 2007

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Description: In this far-ranging and penetrating work, Denise Ferreira da Silva asks why, after more than five hundred years of violence perpetrated by Europeans against people of color, is there no ethical outrage? nbsp; Rejecting the prevailing view that social categories of difference such as race and culture operate solely as principles of exclusion, Silva presents a critique of modern thought that shows how racial knowledge and power produce global space. Looking at the United States and Brazil, she argues that modern subjects are formed in philosophical accounts that presume two ontological moments-historicityandglobality-which are refigured in the concepts of the nation and the racial, respectively. By displacing historicityrsquo;s ontological prerogative, Silva proposes that the notion of racial difference governs the present global power configuration because it institutes moral regions not covered by the leading post-Enlightenment ethical ideals-namely, universality and self-determination. nbsp; By introducing a view of the racial as the signifier ofglobality,Toward a Global Idea of Raceprovides a new basis for the investigation of past and present modern social processes and contexts of subjection. nbsp; Denise Ferreira da Silva is associate professor of sociology and American studies at the University of Southern California.

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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 2/22/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Preface: Before the Event
Glossary
Introduction: A Death Foretold
The Transparency Thesis
Homo Historicus
The Critique of Productive Reason
The Play of Reason
Transcendental Poesis
Homo Scientificus
Productive Nomos
The Science of the Mind
The Sociologics of Racial Subjection
Homo Modernus
Outlining the Global/Historical Subject
The Spirit of Liberalism
Tropical Democracy
Conclusion: Future Anterior
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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