Governing Hate and Race in the United States and South Africa

Governing Hate and Race in the United States and South Africa

by Patrick Lynn Rivers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791475611

ISBN-13: 9780791475614

Pub. Date: 08/01/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Argues that the responsibility for eradicating racial hatred has been redirected away from the state and toward the hated, leaving the causes of hate unaddressed.

In this book, Patrick Lynn Rivers asserts that states govern racist hate by governing racial constructs. Rivers maintains that state practices used to govern hate and race in both the United States

Overview

Argues that the responsibility for eradicating racial hatred has been redirected away from the state and toward the hated, leaving the causes of hate unaddressed.

In this book, Patrick Lynn Rivers asserts that states govern racist hate by governing racial constructs. Rivers maintains that state practices used to govern hate and race in both the United States and South Africa do not make citizens safer, even as the United States markets itself as a “melting pot” of cultures and South Africa touts its status as the new multicultural “city on a hill.” In effect, the regulatory practices of the neoliberal state aid in the redirection of responsibility for the eradication of racist hate away from the nation and toward the hated, leaving unaddressed the systemic causes of hate. In line with emerging scholarship on hate, but also taking advantage of the perspective that comparative analysis makes possible, Rivers advocates a particular brand of progressive activism for a socially engaged state and citizenry where race is central and racism is not anomalous.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791475614
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
States of Racial Mind     1
Is Racism Burning?     15
Tortious Race, Race Torts     35
After 9/11     57
Complicating Identity, Naturalizing Equality     73
Can Racism Burn?     97
Postscript     123
Notes     127
Bibliography     155
Index     173

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