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Racial Conditions : Theory, Politics, Comparisons - Howard Winant

Racial Conditions

Theory, Politics, Comparisons

Paperback Published: 1st April 1994
ISBN: 9780816623877
Number Of Pages: 216

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More than 25 years after the passage of civil rights legislation in the US, and several decades since the last European colonies attained their independence, race continues to play a central role in cultural, political and economic life around the globe. It divides people and nations, insinuates itself into policies, and shapes basic ideas about human identity and difference. This work offers a theoretical approach to the vast subject of race. The author, one of America's most prominent writers on the subject, shows how race - far from being a transient social problem or a survival from earlier ages - remains a permanent, though flexible, feature of human society and identity. The key to this project is Winant's racial formation theory, an approach he refines and advances as he considers a wide range of contemporary controversies in racial theory and politics. Always attentive to problems in this theoretical approach, including the relationship of race to hegemony, social class, fascism, diaspora, gender, and colonialism, Winant focuses on issues such as: the changing nature of racial identity in the post-civil rights US; the 1992 Los Angeles riot; and racial politics in Brazil.

Introductionp. 1
The Theoretical Status of the Concept of Racep. 13
Where Culture Meets Structure: Race in the 1990sp. 22
Dictatorship, Democracy, and Difference: The Historical Construction of Racial Identityp. 37
Contesting the Meaning of Race in the Post-Civil Rights Periodp. 57
The Los Angeles "Race Riot" and Contemporary U.S. Politicsp. 69
Hard Lessons: Recent Writing on Racial Politicsp. 85
Racial Formation and Hegemony: Global and Local Developmentsp. 111
Rethinking Race in Brazilp. 130
"The Fact of Blackness" in Brazilp. 148
Democracy Reenvisioned, Difference Transformed: Comparing Contemporary Racial Politics in the United States and Brazilp. 157
Notesp. 171
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780816623877
ISBN-10: 0816623872
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st April 1994
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3

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