Dark Thoughts: Race and the Eclipse of Society

Dark Thoughts: Race and the Eclipse of Society

by Charles Lemert, Lemert Charles
     
 
In Dark Thoughts, eminent sociologist Charles Lemert dares to say, and explain, what everyone already knows - that the modern world was built on the need of white people to pretend they are not as dark as the next person.

Delving poignantly into the history and literature of domination, Lemert retells key moments of the twentieth-century by profiling

Overview

In Dark Thoughts, eminent sociologist Charles Lemert dares to say, and explain, what everyone already knows - that the modern world was built on the need of white people to pretend they are not as dark as the next person.

Delving poignantly into the history and literature of domination, Lemert retells key moments of the twentieth-century by profiling figures like W.E.B. DuBois, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Anna Julia Cooper, Nella Larson, Malcolm X, and Muhammad Ali. In a rare and unflinching look at his own complicated history, Lemert also explores his own racism, his struggle with the suicide of his oldest son, as well as growing up as the virtual son of a black mother and his life now as the real father of an African-American daughter. Dark Thoughts speaks to the most urgent social issues at the beginning of the twenty-first century: race relations, multiculturalism, and social justice.

Editorial Reviews

Louise DeSalvo
A dazzling tour-de-force that will unsettle you, astonish you, make you think, and maybe make you weep...I came away thrilled and inspired.
Joe Feagin
No reader will leave this book unmoved. Writing with optimistic pessimism of this society's dark divisions, Charles Lemert is a one-of-a-kind sociological voice.
Immanuel Wallerstein
If you are ready to reflect on your values and your society in eclipse, then this book will be an invaluable help to you.
Judith Stacey
A work of shimmering beauty and originality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415934459
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Charles Lemert is Andrus Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University and is the author of numerous books, most recently Social Things, and Postmodernism is Not What You Think.

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