The Meaning of Race: Race, History and Culture in Western Society
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. Kenan Malik is a freelance journalist, lecturer, and broadcaster specializing in issues of race, politics, and the Third World. He has been a regular contributor to such newspapers as The Guardian and Independent.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
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
African American anthropology antiracist argued argument became become belief Bell Curve biological Boas Britain British C. L. R. James Cited civilisation claimed Claude Levi-Strauss colonial colour common concept of race consensus conservative contemporary created culture debate defined democracy discourse of race Discourse on Inequality distinction elite Enoch Powell equality ethnic Europe European fact fascism France Franz Boas French French Revolution groups Huxley Ibid idea of race ideology immigration individual inequality inferiority intellectual Islam language laws Levi-Strauss liberal London mass meaning ment modern moral multicultural nature Nazi Negro nineteenth century observed Orientalism orig outlook particular philosophes pluralism political poststructuralist postwar progress race relations racial difference racial science racial theory racialisation relationship Renan Revolution Robert Miles Rousseau scientific racism seen sense simply slavery social Social Darwinism society superiority Third World tion tradition transformed underclass understanding University Press Victorian West Western