Governing Hate and Race in the United States and South Africa

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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.
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“The author’s close readings of the signs and symbols embedded in official and unofficial texts, discourses, and legal events illuminate the complexities of regulating hate in a postliberal, postmodern world. He makes excellent insights in his analyses of many of the major figures and ideas in contemporary cultural theory.” — Mark Kessler, Bates College
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791475614
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Lynn Rivers is Associate Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 States of Racial Mind 1

Ch. 2 Is Racism Burning? 15

Ch. 3 Tortious Race, Race Torts 35

Ch. 4 After 9/11 57

Ch. 5 Complicating Identity, Naturalizing Equality 73

Ch. 6 Can Racism Burn? 97

Notes 127

Bibliography 155

Index 173

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