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Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising

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Like so many news events, the Rodney King incidents the beating, the trial and the uprising that followed have all but disappeared from public dialogue. Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising keeps this public debate alive 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 is the significance of the fact that the L.A. police department, when responding 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 includes essays by prominent philosophers, social scientists, literary critics and legal scholars. They explore these issues from a variety of distinct, theoretical perspectives, offering a nuanced picture of the Rodney King incidents. Avoiding reductionism, they illuminate the complex interplay of ideological, political and economic forces impinging on urban America.

With America's black, Hispanic, 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 as usual, many Americans have felt the need to break from simplistic and stereotypical thinking about these issues. Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising will be valuable reading not only to public policy makers and educators, but to anyone looking for serious and fresh insights into the question of race in contemporary America.

Contributors: Houston A. Baker, Jr.; Judith Butler; Sumi K. Cho; Kimberle Crenshaw; Mike Davis; Thomas L. Dumm; Walter C. Farrell, Jr.; Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Ruth Wilson Gilmore; Robert Gooding-Williams; James H. Johnson, Jr.; Elaine H. Kim; Melvin L. Oliver; Michael Omi; Gary Peller; Cedric J. Robinson; Jerry Watts; Cornel West; Patricia Williams; Rhonda M. Williams; Howard Winant.

Synopsis:

Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising keeps the public debate alive by exploring the connections between the Rodney King incidents and the ordinary workings of cultural, political, and economic power in contemporary America. Its recurrent theme is the continuing, complicated significance of race in American society. Contributors: Houston A. Baker, Jr.; Judith Butler; Sumi K. Cho; Kimberle Crenshaw; Mike Davis; Thomas L. Dumm; Walter C. Farrell, Jr.; Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Ruth Wilson Gilmore; Robert Gooding-Williams; James H. Johnson, Jr.; Elaine H. Kim; Melvin L. Oliver; Michael Omi; Gary Peller; Cedric J. Robinson; Jerry Watts; Cornel West; Patricia Williams; Rhonda M. Williams; Howard Winant.

Synopsis:

The Rodney King incidents - the beating, the trial and the uprising - 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 how, 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 includes essays by prominent philosophers, social scientists, literary critics and legal scholars. They explore these issues from a variety of distinct, theoretical perspectives, offering a complicated picture of the Rodney King incidents. Avoiding reductionism, they illuminate the complex interplay of ideological, political and economic forces impinging on

Table of Contents

  1. Endangered/endangering--schematic racism and white paranoia / Judith Butler — Terror austerity race gender excess theater / Ruth Wilson Gilmore — Scene ... not heard / Houston A. Baker — The rules of the game / Patricia J. Williams — Reel time/real justice /Kimberle Crenshaw, Gary Peller — Race, capitalism, and the antidemocracy / Cedric J. Robinson
  2. Accumulation as evisceration / Rhonda M. Williams
  3. The Los Angeles "Race Riot" and contemporary U.S. politics / Michael Omi, Howard Winant — Anatomy of a rebellion / Melvin L. Oliver, James H. Johnson, Jr., Walter C. Farrell, Jr. — Uprising and repression in L.A.--an interview with Mike Davis by the CovertAction Information Bulletin — "Look, a Negro!" / Robert Gooding-Williams — The new enclosures / Thomas L. Dumm — Korean Americans vs. African Americans / Sumi K. Cho — Home is where the Han is / Elaine H. Kim
  4. Reflections on the Rodney King verdict and the paradoxes of the black response / Jerry G. Watts
  5. Two nations ... both black / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. --Learning to talk of race / Cornel West.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415907354
Editor:
Gooding-Williams, Robert
Publisher:
Routledge
Editor:
Gooding-Williams, Robert
Author:
Gooding-Williams, Robert
Location:
New York :
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Riots
Subject:
Los angeles
Subject:
United States Ethnic relations.
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 21
Publication Date:
19930431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.98x6.08x.61 in. .86 lbs.
Age Level:
18-18

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Biography » General
Biography » Historical
History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics

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"Synopsis" by , Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising keeps the public debate alive by exploring the connections between the Rodney King incidents and the ordinary workings of cultural, political, and economic power in contemporary America. Its recurrent theme is the continuing, complicated significance of race in American society. Contributors: Houston A. Baker, Jr.; Judith Butler; Sumi K. Cho; Kimberle Crenshaw; Mike Davis; Thomas L. Dumm; Walter C. Farrell, Jr.; Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Ruth Wilson Gilmore; Robert Gooding-Williams; James H. Johnson, Jr.; Elaine H. Kim; Melvin L. Oliver; Michael Omi; Gary Peller; Cedric J. Robinson; Jerry Watts; Cornel West; Patricia Williams; Rhonda M. Williams; Howard Winant.
"Synopsis" by , The Rodney King incidents - the beating, the trial and the uprising - 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 how, 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 includes essays by prominent philosophers, social scientists, literary critics and legal scholars. They explore these issues from a variety of distinct, theoretical perspectives, offering a complicated picture of the Rodney King incidents. Avoiding reductionism, they illuminate the complex interplay of ideological, political and economic forces impinging on
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