Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy

Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy

by Ladelle McWhorter

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Does the Black Struggle for Civil rights make common cause with the movement to foster queer community, protest anti-queer violence or discrimination, and demand respect for the rights and sensibilities of queer people? Confronting this emotionally charged question, Ladelle McWhorter reveals how a carefully structured campaign against abnormality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries encouraged white Americans to purge society of so-called biological contaminants, people who were poor, disabled, black, or queer. Building on a legacy of savage hate crimes-such as the killings of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd-McWhorter shows that racism, sexual oppression, and discrimination against the disabled, the feeble, and the poor are all aspects of the same societal distemper, and that when the civil rights of one group are challenged, so are the rights of all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253002938
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 03/26/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 440
File size: 582 KB

About the Author

Ladelle McWhorter is the James Thomas Professor of Philosophy and Professor of the Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies Program at the University of Richmond. She is author of Bodies and Pleasures: Foucault and the Politics of Sexual Normalization (IUP, 1999).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Two Great Dangers 1

1 Racism, Race, Race War: In Search of Conceptual Clarity 17

2 A Genealogy of Modern Racism, Part 1: The White Man Cometh 63

3 A Genealogy of Modern Racism, Part 2: From Black Lepers to Idiot Children 97

4 Scientific Racism and the Threat of Sexual Predation 141

5 Managing Evolution: Race Betterment, Race Purification, and the American Eugenics Movement 196

6 Nordics Celebrate the Family 245

7 (Counter) Remembering Racism: An Insurrection of Subjugated Knowledges 294

Notes 333

Works Cited 401

Index 421

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SUNY Stony Brook - Eduardo Mendieta

A moving and engaged book that is evidently the product of several years of intense research worn effortlessly.

The Ohio State University - Shannon Winnubst

A significant contribution to our understandings of the concept of race, with particular emphasis on its intersections with concepts of sexuality, and more largely, abnormality.

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