Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising

Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising

by Robert Gooding-Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415907349

ISBN-13: 9780415907347

Pub. Date: 04/19/1993

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Like many "news events," the Rodney King incidents - the beating, the trial, and the uprisings that followed - have so far played a superficial role in public dialogue. Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising deepens the public debate by exploring the connections between the incidents and the ordinary workings of cultural, political, and economic power in…  See more details below

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Like many "news events," the Rodney King incidents - the beating, the trial, and the uprisings that followed - have so far played a superficial role in public dialogue. Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising deepens the public debate by exploring the connections between the incidents and the ordinary workings of cultural, political, and economic power in contemporary America. Its recurrent theme is the continuing though complicated significance of race in American society. The Rodney King incidents raised a number of questions regarding the relationships between poverty, racial ideology, economic competition, and the exercise of political power. What is the relationship between the beating of Rodney King and the workings of racism in America? How was it possible for defense attorneys to convince a jury that the videotape it saw did not depict an excessive or unjustified use of violence? In the burning of Koreatown, what role did racial stereotypes of African Americans and Korean Americans play, and what role did various economic factors play? What, moreover, is the significance of the fact that the L.A. police department, when it responded to the uprising, sent its officers to Westwood but not Koreatown? And how, finally, are we to understand the fact that not all of Los Angeles' various Latino communities took part in the uprising? Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising comprises essays by prominent philosophers, social scientists, literary critics and legal scholars. They explore the issues from a variety of theoretical perspectives, offering a nuanced picture of the Rodney King events. Avoiding reductionism, they illuminate the complex interplay of ideological, political and economic forces impinging on urban America. With America's black, Latino, and Asian populations continuing to grow, the issue of race has come to dominate political debates on public policy and educational struggles over multicultural curricula. Expressing cynicism with "politics

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415907347
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/19/1993
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. 1Beating Black Bodies
1Endangered/Endangering: Schematic Racism and White Paranoia15
2Terror Austerity Race Gender Excess Theater23
3Scene...Not Heard38
Pt. 2Acquitting White Brutality
4The Rules of the Game51
5Reel Time/Real Justice56
Pt. 3Assaulting America: A Political Economy Begets Ruin
6Race, Capitalism, and the Antidemocracy73
7Accumulation as Evisceration: Urban Rebellion and the New Growth Dynamics82
8The Los Angeles "Race Riot" and Contemporary U.S. Politics97
Pt. 4On the Streets of Los Angeles
9Anatomy of a Rebellion: A Political-Economic Analysis117
10Uprising and Repression in L.A.: An Interview with Mike Davis142
Pt. 5Ideology, Race, and Community
11"Look, a Negro!"157
12The New Enclosures: Racism in the Normalized Community178
13Korean Americans vs. African Americans: Conflict and Construction196
Pt. 6The Fire This Time
14Home is Where the Han Is: A Korean-American Perspective on the Los Angeles Upheavals215
15Reflections on the Rodney King Verdict and the Paradoxes of the Black Response236
16Two Nations...Both Black249
17Learning to Talk of Race255
Index261
Contributors273

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