The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice / Edition 1

The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice / Edition 1

by Howard Winant
     
 

It isn’t uncommon to hear now that race hardly matters anymore—that we’ve somehow gotten beyond it. In the face of such pronouncements, and the misconceptions that prompt them, this book aims to show precisely why and how race has always been, and remains, absolutely fundamental to modern politics. Howard Winant, one of the leading sociologists of

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It isn’t uncommon to hear now that race hardly matters anymore—that we’ve somehow gotten beyond it. In the face of such pronouncements, and the misconceptions that prompt them, this book aims to show precisely why and how race has always been, and remains, absolutely fundamental to modern politics. Howard Winant, one of the leading sociologists of race and ethnicity working today, clearly locates race at the crossroads of identity and social structure, where difference frames inequality and where political processes operate with a comprehensiveness that ranges from the world-historical to the intimately psychological.The New Politics of Race brings together Winant’s new and previously published essays to form a comprehensive picture of the origins and nature of the complex racial politics that engulf us today. It is only in light of the post–World War II patterns of racial insurgency and reform that these politics can be understood, Winant asserts. His work offers a thorough grounding in these patterns, describing the breakdown of a certain racial order after World War II and identifying the ways in which racial hierarchies everywhere are being reestablished and reenergized, often in clandestine, or at least unfamiliar, forms.Theoretically acute and empirically sound, his essays deftly analyze the character of racial formations in a world that is, on the surface, deeply committed to eradicating racism. Howard Winant is professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Racial Conditions (Minnesota, 1994) and The World Is a Ghetto, and the coauthor with Michael Omi of Racial Formation in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816642809
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
08/18/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,002,414
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the racial present : state, society, identity
One hundred years of racial politics3
Dialectics of the veil25
Racism today : continuity and change in the post-civil rights United States39
Behind blue eyes : contemporary white racial politics50
Teaching race and racism in the twenty-first century69
Babylon system : the continuity of slavery81
The modern world racial system94
Reaching the limits of reform : postapartheid South Africa and post-civil rights United States108
Durban, globalization, and the world after 9/11 : toward a new politics122
The new imperialism, globalization, and racism129
One hundered years of racial theory153
Racial dualism at century's end166
What can racial theory tell us about social theory?188
Conclusion : racial politics in the twenty-first century205

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