Overcoming Racism and Sexism / Edition 1

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This collection of new essays, by scholars from many different intellectual perspectives and ethnic backgrounds, explores practical as well as theoretical aspects of racism and sexism while probing the connections and differences between them. Practical aspects examined include racism and sexism in the women's movement, the hidden nature of privilege, and the challenges feminists face in the 21st century. Theoretical issues addressed include the viability of the very concept of race and the significance of concepts like whiteness, ethnicity, and gender identity.

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Editorial Reviews

An excellent example of engaged scholarship that is an academic contribution to the transformation of popular culture . . . an excellent and accessible way to introduce students (both inside and outside the academy) to the intricate and politically significant relationships of ethnicity, gender, and race that have played (and continue to play) a central role in the construction of
David Theo Goldberg
Of considerable use not only to philosophers working and teaching around these issues, but to anyone thoughtfully engaged with the pressing problems of the color line, gendered subjects, and their interface.
Alison M. Jaggar
The creative selection of important and powerful essays, many of them original, make this a uniquely valuable collection.
Seventeen essays on the ways racism and sexism have intersected and buttressed each other in the United States. They include: "I just see people"--exercises in learning the effects of racism and sexism; conjuring race; reflections on the meaning of white; changing the subject--studies in the appropriation of pain; hard-to- handle anger; and the problem of speaking for others. Paper edition (unseen), $22.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847680313
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda A. Bell is professor of philosophy at Georgia State University and the author of Rethinking Ethics in the Midst of Violence: A Feminist Approach to Freedom (Rowman & Littlefield, 1993). David Blumenfeld is professor of philosophy and department chair at Georgia State University and the author of numerous articles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Racism and Sexism: Twenty-First-Century Challenges for Feminists 19
2 The Allure and Hold of Privilege: A Response to Curry 37
3 "I Just See People": Exercises in Learning the Effects of Racism and Sexism 45
Appendix: Why the Dialogues Are Difficult or 15 Ways a Black Woman Knows When a White Woman's Not Listening 52
4 The Uncompleted Argument: Du Bois and the Illusion of Race 59
5 On W. E. B. Du Bois's "The Conservation of Races" 79
6 Conjuring Race 103
7 White Woman Feminist 113
8 Reflections on the Meaning of White 135
9 Race, Racism, and Ethnicity 141
10 Power, Trust, and Evil 153
11 Sexism and Male Gender Identity: A Reply to Thomas 173
12 Changing the Subject: Studies in the Appropriation of Pain 181
13 Speaking of Suffering: A Response to "Changing the Subject" 197
14 Hard-to-Handle Anger 203
15 A Response to Maria Lugones's "Hard-to-Handle Anger" 219
16 The Problem of Speaking for Others 229
17 The Peculiar Position of a Woman of Color When World Fame Isn't Enough 255
Index 259
About the Contributors 265
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