Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness / Edition 1

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Overview

Kamari Maxine Clarke and Deborah A. Thomas argue that a firm grasp of globalization requires an understanding of how race has constituted, and been constituted by, global transformations. Focusing attention on race as an analytic category, this state-of-the-art collection of essays explores the changing meanings of blackness in the context of globalization. It illuminates the connections between contemporary global processes of racialization and transnational circulations set in motion by imperialism and slavery; between popular culture and global conceptions of blackness; and between the work of anthropologists, policymakers, religious revivalists, and activists and the solidification and globalization of racial categories.

A number of the essays bring to light the formative but not unproblematic influence of African American identity on other populations within the black diaspora. Among these are an examination of the impact of “black America” on racial identity and politics in mid-twentieth-century Liverpool and an inquiry into the distinctive experiences of blacks in Canada. Contributors investigate concepts of race and space in early-twenty-first century Harlem, the experiences of trafficked Nigerian sex workers in Italy, and the persistence of race in the purportedly non-racial language of the “New South Africa.” They highlight how blackness is consumed and expressed in Cuban timba music, in West Indian adolescent girls’ fascination with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and in the incorporation of American rap music into black London culture. Connecting race to ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nationality, and religion, these essays reveal how new class economies, ideologies of belonging, and constructions of social difference are emerging from ongoing global transformations.

Contributors. Robert L. Adams, Lee D. Baker, Jacqueline Nassy Brown, Tina M. Campt, Kamari Maxine Clarke, Raymond Codrington, Grant Farred, Kesha Fikes, Isar Godreau, Ariana Hernandez-Reguant, Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe, John L. Jackson Jr., Oneka LaBennett, Naomi Pabst, Lena Sawyer, Deborah A. Thomas

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Editorial Reviews

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Globalization and Race will be an invaluable resource for courses on diaspora, anthropology, and cultural studies. The keen attention to subjectivities created through discourses and practices that figure race, gender, class, national, and continental differences in global contexts makes this volume distinctive.”—Paulla A. Ebron, author of Performing Africa

“Contrary to the glib forecasts of many academic and journalistic pundits, race is not going away; rather it is energetically reorganizing itself and working through new global divisions. Globalization and Race examines this new context by inquiring into the various ways that emerging global processes are fundamentally reshaping the way people of African descent experience and theorize racial identity.”—David Scott, author of Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment

“Globalization and Race is an invaluable resource for anyone in the humanities or the social sciences who wants to understand how the contemporary politics of race is being re-conceptualized. The essays cover a wide range of topics and provide new theoretical vocabularies not only for understanding the globalizing forces of capital, labor, and technologies, but for the new hierarchies of racial ordering which emerge in their wake. This will quickly become the standard work in the field.”—Hazel V. Carby, author of Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822337720
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kamari Maxine Clarke is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Yale University. She is the author of Mapping Yorùbá Networks: Power and Agency in the Making of Transnational Communities, also published by Duke University Press.

Deborah A. Thomas is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. She is the author of Modern Blackness: Nationalism, Globalization, and the Politics of Culture in Jamaica, also published by Duke University Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : globalization and the transformations of race 1
Missionary positions 37
History at the crossroads : Vodu and the modernization of the Dominican borderlands 55
Diaspora and desire : gendering "black America" in black Liverpool 73
Diaspora space, ethnographic space : writing history between the lines 93
"Mama, I'm walking to Canada" : black geopolitics and invisible empires 112
Mapping transnationality : roots tourism and the institutionalization of ethnic heritage 133
Emigration and the spatial production of difference from Cape Verde 154
Folkloric "others" : Blanqueamiento and the celebration of blackness as an exception in Peurto Rico 171
Gentrification, globalization, and georaciality 188
Recasting "black Venus" in the "new" African diaspora 206
"Shooting the white girl first" : race in post-apartheid South Africa 226
Havana's Timba : a macho sound for black sex 249
Reading Buffy and "looking proper" : race, gender, and consumption among West Indian girls in Brooklyn 279
The homegrown : rape, race, and class in London 299
Racialization, gender, and the negotiation of power in Stockholm's African dance courses 316
Modern blackness : progress, "America," and the politics of popular culture in Jamaica 335
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