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This book presents a metacritique of racial formation theory. The essays within this volume explore the fault lines of the racial formation concept, identify the power relations to which it inheres, and resolve the ethical coordinates for alternative ways of conceiving of racism and its correlations with sexism, homophobia, heteronormativity, gender politics, empire, economic exploitation, and other valences of bodily construction, performance, and control in the twenty-first century. Collectively, the contributors advance the argument that contemporary racial theorizing remains mired in antiblackness. Across a diversity of approaches and objects of analysis, the contributors assess what we describe as the conceptual aphasia gripping racial theorizing in our multicultural moment: analyses of racism struck dumb when confronted with the insatiable specter of black historical struggle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498517034
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 09/15/2018
Series: Critical Africana Studies Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 174
Sales rank: 904,133
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

P. Khalil Saucier is chair and associate professor of Africana Studies at Bucknell University.

Tryon P. Woods is assistant professor of crime and justice studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and teaches Africana studies at Rhode Island College and of Black Studies at Providence College.

Table of Contents

Preface: Counter-Racial Formation Theory, Barnor Hesse
Introduction: Racial Optimism and the Drag of Thymotics, P. Khalil Saucier and Tryon P. Woods
Chapter One: No Reprieve: The “Racial Formation” of the United States as a Settler-Colonial Empire (Black Power, White-Sociology, and Omi & Winant, Revisited), Greg Thomas
Chapter Two: Being in the Field: A Reflection on Ethnographic Practice, P. Khalil Saucier
Chapter Three: Anti-Blackness as Mundane: Black Girls and Punishment Beyond School Discipline, Connie Wun
Chapter Four: Strangers to the Economy: Black Work and the Wages of Non-Blackness, Tamara K. Nopper
Chapter Five: At the Intersections of Assemblages: Fanon, Capécia, and the Unmaking of the Genre Subject, Patrice Douglass
Chapter Six: “Something of the fever and the fret”: Antiblackness in the Critical Prison Studies fold, Tryon P. Woods

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