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Radical Philosophy Today #1: Race, Class, and Community Identity
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Race, Class, and Community Identity highlights the present American racial hierarchy and its metaphysical implications, critiquing the tendency of white philosohpers to reduce questions of race to questions of class and to overgeneralize gender oppression at the expense of ethnic particularism and diversity. In a section devoted to class analysis, contributors expose the trend among some Marxists to romanticize class struggles of Third World peoples, scrutinizing Marxist theory for its failure to validate the spiritual forms of resistance that have sustained Third World peoples in their struggle for survival. In the final section of the book, essays go beyond disucussions of specific forms of radical critique to take a broader look at the neoliberal state and the violence it engenders, arguing for viable alternative politics. Divided into three sections — "The Production of Race and Ethnicity"; "Past, Present, and Future of Class Analysis"; and "Community Identity, Violence, and the Neoliberal State" — this collection of papers from the 1996 Radical Philosophy Assocation conference is an important, topical volume focusing on the current interests of philosophers within a broad range of leftist orientations.
Contributors include: John Brentlinger, Frank Cunningham, Stephen Hartnett, Thomas M. Jeannot, Joel Kovel, Xiaorong Li, Steve Martinot, Charles Mills, Patrick Murray, Richard Peterson, David Roberts, Jeanne Schuler, Tony Smith, and Gabriel Vargas.
The inaugural volume of the new book series Radical Philosophy Today is an anthology of the best papers read at the 1996 Radical Philosophy Association conference. Divided into three sections—"The Production of Race and Ethnicity"; "Past, Present, and Future of Class Analysis"; and "Community Identity, Violence, and the Neoliberal State"—this important, topical collection focuses on the current interests of philosophers within a broad range of leftist orientations. Despite the intransigent nature of many of the problems discussed, the contributors to this volume demonstrate the possibilities for developing a viable alternative politics.
Part one attempts to broaden and deepen discussions of race in philosophical terms, including a critical discussion of "whiteness." Part two critically examines Marxism with an eye toward adapting it more carefully to contemporary "First World" (U.S. society in particular) problems, and shows how Marxist analysis can be expanded to include spiritual and ecological considerations. The final section of the book looks at the radical potential of the communitarian critique of liberalism, discusses insidious violence in relation to the liberal state, and concludes with a critique of Francis Fukuyama's contention that neoliberalism is the only workable political state formation.
The contributors include John Brentlinger, Frank Cunningham, Stephen Hartnett, Thomas M. Jeannot, Joel Kovel, Xiaorong Li, Steve Martinot, Charles W. Mills, Patrick Murray, Richard Peterson, Jeanne Schuler, Tony Smith, and Gabriel Vargas.
About the Author
Andrew Light is an assistant professor of philosophy and environmental studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Fellow of the International Center for Advanced Studies at New York University.
Mechthild Nagel is an assistant professor of philosophy at the State University of New York College at Cortland.
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