Critical Race Narratives: A Study of Race, Rhetoric and Injury

Critical Race Narratives: A Study of Race, Rhetoric and Injury

by Carl Gutierrez-Jones, Jeffrey Lange
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814731457

ISBN-13: 9780814731451

Pub. Date: 08/01/2001

Publisher: New York University Press

The beating of Rodney King, the killing of Amadou Diallo, and the LAPD Rampart Scandal: these events have been interpreted by the courts, the media and the public in dramatically conflicting ways. Critical Race Narratives examines what is at stake in these conflicts and, in so doing, rethinks racial strife in the United States as a highly-charged

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The beating of Rodney King, the killing of Amadou Diallo, and the LAPD Rampart Scandal: these events have been interpreted by the courts, the media and the public in dramatically conflicting ways. Critical Race Narratives examines what is at stake in these conflicts and, in so doing, rethinks racial strife in the United States as a highly-charged struggle over different methods of reading and writing.

Focusing in particular on the practice and theorization of narrative strategies, Gutierrez-Jones engages many of the most influential texts in the recent race debates —including The Bell Curve, America in Black and White, The Alchemy of Race and Rights, and The Mismeasure of Man. In the process, Critical Race Narratives pursues key questions posed by the texts as they work within, or against, disciplinary expectations: can critical engagements with narrative enable a more democratic dialogue regarding race? what promise does such experimentation hold for working through the traumatic legacy of racism in the United States? Throughout, Critical Race Narratives initiates a timely dialogue between race-focused narrative experiment in scholarly writing and similar work in literary texts and popular culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814731451
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Series:
Critical America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1The Contours of the Contemporary Race Debate21
Ch. 2Color-Blindness, Acting Out, and Culture48
Ch. 3Critical Race Stories and the Problem of Remedy69
Ch. 4Historical Properties, Uncommon Grounds90
Ch. 5The Sociology of Racialized Crime114
Ch. 6Genetic Liabilities and the Paradox of Altruism146
Conclusion168
Notes177
Works Cited195
Index207
About the Author214

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