Postmodernism, Unraveling Racism, And Democratic Institutions

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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.

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A postmodern analysis of race, with chapters on the sociological tradition and race relations, theoretical considerations of postmodernism, the decentering of identity, radical pluralism and social order, institutions and institutionalized discrimination, symbolic violence and social control, and race and democracy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275956646
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1997
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN W. MURPHY is Professor of Sociology at the University of Miami.

JUNG MIN CHOI is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Barry University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What Makes This Work Postmodern? 1
1 The Sociological Tradition and Race Relations 9
2 Postmodernism: Theoretical Considerations 23
3 The Decentering of Identity 37
4 Knowledge, Intelligence, and the Life-World 53
5 Radical Pluralism and Social Order 69
6 Institutions and Institutionalized Discrimination 83
7 Symbolic Violence and Social Control 97
8 Race and Democracy 113
Selected Bibliography 129
Index 131
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