In the Wake of Terror: Class, Race, Nation, Ethnicity in the Postmodern World

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Overview

In the Wake of Terror inquires into the historical conditions and possibilities of radical change in the post-9/11 world of globalized capitalism. E. San Juan, Jr. focuses on numerous problems, including those of racism, class antagonisms, and subalternity in the United States. Global violence is also examined in relation to the anti-imperialist struggle of diverse communities in the Philippines. Analytic and critical,In the Wake of Terror is wide-ranging in scope and provocative in challenging orthodox opinions on the nature of neoliberal transnational domination and postmodernist multiculturalism. Its interdisciplinary, cross-cultural engagement with urgent contemporary issues aims to "disturb the peace" and usher in an interrogation of predatory hegemonic assumptions. Written from a historical materialist perspective, this work of cultural criticism is of interest to the academic or lay person.

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Editorial Reviews

Philippine Studies
In the Wake of Terror: Class, Race, Nation, Ethnicity in the Postmodern World, demonstrates a remarkable continuity....[It] establishes the no nonsense radicalism of San Juan, his advocacy of a critical and militant praxis, which is a clear departure from the politics of the rest of his tribe.
Bruce Franklin
E. San Juan is one of the world's most distinguished progressive critics. His book on Carlos Bulosan, among his numerous works, is one of the major documents in the development of Third World cultural criticism.
Samuel Noumoff
San Juan gives renewed expression of the extraordinary contributions made by Antonio Gramsci to our understanding of transformational agency and the role of culture within the international struggle against capitalist hegemony.
Amiri Baraka
E. San Juan is one of the sharpest and most clarifying voices vis-à-vis Filipino/U.S. and Filipino/world relationships extant. He is an internationalist and political analyst of high morale. It's about time his incisive theoretical summations are given broader access to strengthen the growing understanding of the multicultural united front of progressive thinkers around the world.
Frederic Jameson
E. San Juan is a scholar of remarkable range and varied talents....Remarkable for his commitment to literature and culture as vital areas of contemporary social life.
Paul Wong
A profound theoretical analysis of race, nation, and ethnicity in the 21st century. A must read for those who want to understand the acceleration and interpenetration of racial, national, and ethnic conflicts in the era of globalization.
Ngugi wa Thiong'o
E. San Juan's intervention in the current debates on cultural studies is both necessary and significant. We can all learn valuable lessons from the Philippine experience.
Evelyn Hu-DeHart
Intentionally provocative essays continue to tumble furiously out of the fertile and restless mind of this global public intellectual, political economist, cultural critic, social commentator, each new volume more trenchant and impassioned than before. Moved ever more by the unmitigated misery, suffering and injustice in the global South, San Juan exhorts fellow intellectuals and activists to pay attention to the havoc wreaked by corporate-led globalization of the global North, now compounded by the post-9/11 self-proclaimed US "national security state" in its declared war on terror. Among his many concerns is the global mechanism of racialization and its severe impact on immigrant workers of the global South. He challenges glib postcolonial theorists by exposing the clear contours of an American empire resurrected.
San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center
In the Wake of Terror provides a powerful assessment of various mainstream theorists who speak to the issue of 'race.' The book is an important resource to understand how academic understandings of 'race' have become consumed in interstitial and nuanced enigmas. . . . His work offers the discipline of education a needed internationalist framwork to address the globalization of racism.
Amiri Baraka
E. San Juan is one of the sharpest and most clarifying voices vis-à-vis Filipino/U.S. and Filipino/world relationships extant. He is an internationalist and political analyst of high morale. It's about time his incisive theoretical summations are given broader access to strengthen the growing understanding of the multicultural united front of progressive thinkers around the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739117217
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

E. San Juan, Jr., an internationally renowned cultural and literary critic, directs the Philippines Cultural Studies Center in Connecticut. He was recently Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center at Bellagio, Italy.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Post-9/11 Reflections on "Homeland" Culture Wars Chapter 2 Revisiting the Race/Class Dialectic Chapter 3 Prison Testimonies: Fighting for Dignity, Justice, Freedom Chapter 4 Ethnicity and Modernity: Gramsci, Postmodernism, Identity Chapter 5 From Racism to Class Struggle Chapter 6 Nation/State, Nationalism, and Violence Chapter 7 Multiculturalism and Globalization

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