Postmodernism and Race
Eric Mark Kramer
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997 - Social Science - 191 pages
This collection brings together a dozen academics from diverse racial, ethnic, and gender perspectives to explore race in a postmodern way. The collection seeks to achieve three tasks: To present a uniquely "kynical" approach to truth-saying presented by modernists and "sophisticated" so-called postmodernists (with their faith in lingualism); to explore what modernism is in the context of race; and to investigate the concept of race in an aperspectival way, including the language-gaming of racism. The obsession with racial measurement and its correlation with measures of intelligence is explored, as is the mythology of racial homogeneity in Japan. Also examined are the discursive nature of racial reality and power, and racial identity in Africa. All those concerned with issues of race and/or postmodern civilization, as well as those interested in operational definition, scalar phenomena, relativism, and postmodern views of truth, justice, and power, will find this a provocative collection.
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