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Dark Thoughts: Race and the Eclipse of Society
     

Dark Thoughts: Race and the Eclipse of Society

by Charles Lemert
 

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ISBN-10: 0415934443

ISBN-13: 9780415934442

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In Dark Thoughts prominent sociologist Charles Lemert compellingly argues that race is the central feature of modern culture; this was true for the twentieth century and it will be true for the twenty-first. If we want to understand how the world works, Lemert explains, we must understand the centrality of race in our lives and in the foundation of our society. We

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In Dark Thoughts prominent sociologist Charles Lemert compellingly argues that race is the central feature of modern culture; this was true for the twentieth century and it will be true for the twenty-first. If we want to understand how the world works, Lemert explains, we must understand the centrality of race in our lives and in the foundation of our society. We must also be able to face up to what we've done to one another in the name of race.

In his characteristically engaging prose, the book tells of the important moments of the twentieth century through the writings of such major figures as W. E. B. Du Bois, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Anna Julia Cooper, Nella Larson, and Malcolm X, always with an eye to the complicated ways that race weaves itself through the fabric of our lives. In short vignettes before each chapter Lemert also shares his own complicated history with race—proving a rare and unflinching account. Dark Thoughts reflects the most urgent social issues at the beginning of the twenty-first century: race relations, multiculturalism, and social justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415934442
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


Preface: Dark Days - September 11, 2001
Part I: The Beginnings of a Millennium: 1990s
1. The Coming of My Last Born - April 8, 1998
The Eclipse of Society, 1901-2001
2. Blood and Skin - 1999
Whose We? - Dark Thoughts of the Universal Self, 1998
3. A Call in the Morning - 1988
The Rights and Justices of the Multicultural Panic, 1990s
Part II: The Last New Century: 1890s
4. Calling out Father by Calling up His Mother - About 1941
The Colored Woman's Office: Anna Julia Cooper, 1892
5. Get On Home! - About 1949
Bad Dreams of Big Business: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1898
6. All Kinds of People Getting Off - 1954
The Color Line: W.E.B. Du Bois, 1903
Part III: Between, Before, and Beyond/ 1873-2020
7. When Good People Do Evil - 1989
The Queer Passing of Analytic Things: Nella Larsen, 1929
8. What Would Jesus Have Done? - 1965
The Race of Time: Deconstruction, Du Bois, & Reconstruction, 1935-1873
9. Dreaming in the Dark - November 26, 1997
Justice in the Colonizer's Nightmare: Muhammad, Malcolm, & Necessary Drag, 1965-2020
10. A Call in the Night - February 11, 2000
The Gospel According to Matt: Suicide & the Good of Society, 2000
Acknowledgements
Endnotes
Endmatter, including index

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