Postmodernism, Unraveling Racism, And Democratic Institutions

Postmodernism, Unraveling Racism, And Democratic Institutions

by John Murphy, Jung Min Choi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275956644

ISBN-13: 9780275956646

Pub. Date: 05/30/1997

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Professors Murphy and Choi use postmodern philosophy to expose an important source of racism and cultural domination. They examine foundationalism, which they see at the core of the Western intellectual tradition and which is shown to foster a metaphysics of domination. By contrast, postmodernism undermines this root of racism.

They demonstrate that

Overview

Professors Murphy and Choi use postmodern philosophy to expose an important source of racism and cultural domination. They examine foundationalism, which they see at the core of the Western intellectual tradition and which is shown to foster a metaphysics of domination. By contrast, postmodernism undermines this root of racism.

They demonstrate that foundationalism is not needed to support identity, institutions, or political order. Indeed, they assert that true pluralism is possible once foundationalist approaches to knowledge and order are set aside. Special attention is directed to two current modes of discrimination: institutional racism and symbolic violence. Murphy and Choi provide an intriguing look at ways to undercut the justification for racism and other threats to cultural difference. This volume will be of particular interest to scholars and other researchers in the areas of race relations, cultural studies, and political theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275956646
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/1997
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Makes This Work Postmodern?

The Sociological Tradition and Race Relations

Postmodernism: Theoretical Considerations

The Decentering of Identity

Knowledge, Intelligence, and the Life-World

Radical Pluralism and Social Order

Institutions and Institutionalized Discrimination

Symbolic Violence and Social Control

Race and Democracy

Index

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