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Against Race: Imagining Political Culture Beyond the Color Line

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After all the "progress" made since World War II in matters pertaining to race, why are we still conspiring to divide humanity into different identity groups based on skin color? Did all the good done by the Civil Rights Movement and the decolonization of the Third World have such little lasting effect?

In this provocative book Paul Gilroy contends that race-thinking has distorted the finest promises of modern democracy. He compels us to see that fascism was the principal political innovation of the twentieth century--and that its power to seduce did not die in a bunker in Berlin. Aren't we in fact using the same devices the Nazis used in their movies and advertisements when we make spectacles of our identities and differences? Gilroy examines the ways in which media and commodity culture have become preeminent in our lives in the years since the 1960s and especially in the 1980s with the rise of hip-hop and other militancies. With this trend, he contends, much that was wonderful about black culture has been sacrificed in the service of corporate interests and new forms of cultural expression tied to visual technologies. He argues that the triumph of the image spells death to politics and reduces people to mere symbols.

At its heart, Against Race is a utopian project calling for the renunciation of race. Gilroy champions a new humanism, global and cosmopolitan, and he offers a new political language and a new moral vision for what was once called "anti-racism."

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'After all the \"progress\" made since World War II in matters pertaining to race, why are we still conspiring to divide humanity into different identity groups based on skin color? Did all the good done by the Civil Rights Movement and the decolonization of the Third World have such little lasting effect?

In this provocative book Paul Gilroy contends that race-thinking has distorted the finest promises of modern democracy. He compels us to see that fascism was the principal political innovation of the twentieth century--and that its power to seduce did not die in a bunker in Berlin. Aren\'t we in fact using the same devices the Nazis used in their movies and advertisements when we make spectacles of our identities and differences? Gilroy examines the ways in which media and commodity culture have become preeminent in our lives in the years since the 1960s and especially in the 1980s with the rise of hip-hop and other militancies. With this trend, he contends, much that was wonderful about black culture has been sacrificed in the service of corporate interests and new forms of cultural expression tied to visual technologies. He argues that the triumph of the image spells death to politics and reduces people to mere symbols.

At its heart, Against Raceis a utopian project calling for the renunciation of race. Gilroy champions a new humanism, global and cosmopolitan, and he offers a new political language and a new moral vision for what was once called \"anti-racism.\"'

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [359]-389) and index.

About the Author

Paul Gilroy holds the Anthony Giddens Professorship in Social Theory at the London School of Economics.

Table of Contents

Introduction

I Racial Observance, Nationalism, and Humanism

1. The Crisis of "Race" and Raciology

2. Modernity and Infrahumanity

3. Identity, Belonging, and the Critique of Pure Sameness

II Fascism, Embodiment, and Revolutionary Conservatism

4. Hitler Wore Khakis: Icons, Propaganda, and Aesthetic Politics

5. "After the Love Has Gone": Biopolitics and the Decay of the Black Public Sphere

6. The Tyrannies of Unanimism

III Black to the Future

7. "All about the Benjamins": Multicultural Blackness--Corporate, Commercial, and Oppositional

8. "Race," Cosmopolitanism, and Catastrophe

9. "Third Stone from the Sun": Planetary Humanism and Strategic Universalism

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674000964
Subtitle:
Imagining Political Culture beyond the Color Line
Author:
Gilroy, Paul
Author:
Gilroy, Paul
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Race awareness
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
Fascism
Subject:
Political culture
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Discrimination & Race Relations
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
FS-113-99
Publication Date:
April 2000
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1.3 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » General

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Product details 416 pages Belknap Press - English 9780674000964 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 'After all the \"progress\" made since World War II in matters pertaining to race, why are we still conspiring to divide humanity into different identity groups based on skin color? Did all the good done by the Civil Rights Movement and the decolonization of the Third World have such little lasting effect?

In this provocative book Paul Gilroy contends that race-thinking has distorted the finest promises of modern democracy. He compels us to see that fascism was the principal political innovation of the twentieth century--and that its power to seduce did not die in a bunker in Berlin. Aren\'t we in fact using the same devices the Nazis used in their movies and advertisements when we make spectacles of our identities and differences? Gilroy examines the ways in which media and commodity culture have become preeminent in our lives in the years since the 1960s and especially in the 1980s with the rise of hip-hop and other militancies. With this trend, he contends, much that was wonderful about black culture has been sacrificed in the service of corporate interests and new forms of cultural expression tied to visual technologies. He argues that the triumph of the image spells death to politics and reduces people to mere symbols.

At its heart, Against Raceis a utopian project calling for the renunciation of race. Gilroy champions a new humanism, global and cosmopolitan, and he offers a new political language and a new moral vision for what was once called \"anti-racism.\"'

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