Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy

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Indiana University Press, 2009 - Philosophy - 430 pages
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Does the black struggle for civil rights make common cause with the movement to foster queer community, protest anti-queer violence or discrimination, and demand respect for the rights and sensibilities of queer people? Confronting this emotionally charged question, Ladelle McWhorter reveals how a carefully structured campaign against abnormality in the late 19th and early 20th centuries encouraged white Americans to purge society of so-called biological contaminants, people who were poor, disabled, black, or queer. Building on a legacy of savage hate crimes—such as the killings of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd—McWhorter shows that racism, sexual oppression, and discrimination against the disabled, the feeble, and the poor are all aspects of the same societal distemper, and that when the civil rights of one group are challenged, so are the rights of all.

  

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Contents

Two Great Dangers
1
In Search of Conceptual Clarity
17
The White Man Cometh
63
From Black Lepers to Idiot Children
97
4 Scientific Racism and the Threat of Sexual Predation
141
Race Betterment Race Purification and the American Eugenics Movement
196
6 Nordics Celebrate the Family
245
An Insurrection of Subjugated Knowledges
294
Notes
333
Works Cited
401
Index
421
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About the author (2009)

Ladelle McWhorter is the James Thomas Professor of Philosophy and Professor of the Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies Program at the University of Richmond. She is author of Bodies and Pleasures: Foucault and the Politics of Sexual Normalization (IUP, 1999).

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