After Multiculturalism

After Multiculturalism : The Politics of Race and the Dialectics of Liberty

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After Multiculturalism: The Discourse on Race and the Dialectics of Liberty provides an individualistic critique of multiculturalist thought in social theory and public policy through a survey of the discourses on race by major individualist theorists. The ideas of Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, Benjamin Tucker, Lysander Spooner, Max Stirner and contemporary libertarian scholars on race and racism are discussed to lay the foundation for the individualist critique of racism and multiculturalism.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 222 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073911882X
  • 9780739118825

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Multicultural Thought: Reactionary Tribalism versus the Dialectics of Liberty Chapter 2. Against the Predatory State and the Mystique of Race: The Objectivist Vision of Ayn Rand Chapter 3. Fusion and Transcendence: Murray Rothbard and the Anarcho-Capitalist Critique of Reason Chapter 4. The Old Racism and the New: The Libertarian Analysis and Critique of State Intervention in Society Chapter 5. Our Enemies, Racism and the State: Individualist Anarchism and the Struggle Against Slavery and Racial Violence Chapter 6. Self-Ownership, the Unique Individual, and the Spectre of Race: The Dialectical Egoism of Max Stirner Chapter 7 After Multiculturalism: The Logic of Diversity and the Dialectics of Liberty
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John F. Welsh provides a comprehensive survey of libertarian and individualist thought on race and multiculturalism. Examining such thinkers as Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, Lysander Spooner, Albert Jay Nock, and Max Stirner, Welsh's provocative book demonstrates the analytical power of dialectical-libertarian perspectives. Exploring multiple, interconnected theoretical levels, Welsh offers a fundamentally radical critique of racism in all its guises, while challenging current models of thinking on this volatile subject. This is truly a much-needed addition to the growing scholarly literature -- Chris Matthew Sciabarra, New York University This book highlights individualist and libertarian ideas that contribute toward the realization of a society free from racial domination...An important addition to race, ethnicity, public policy, and multiculturalism literature. Highly recommended. CHOICE, November 2008 After Multiculturalism is a very significant contribution to the discourse on race and multiculturalism. This book provides a "third dimension" to what has become a two-sided debate over race and multiculturalism in the United States. Welsh draws on a diverse range of individualist and libertarian perspectives in building a theoretical framework that critiques the logic of diversity guiding multicultural thought while simultaneously laying the foundations for a dialectical libertarian analysis of racism, which holds the possibility of overcoming the violence and inequalities that result from it.After Multiculturalism is an outstanding piece of scholarship, it transcends the political categories of "right" and "left" and offers a critique that will receive serious attention from scholars on the "multicultural left" as well as their rightist critics. -- E. Wayne Ross, University of British Columbia
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About John F. Welsh

John F. Welsh recently retired from his position as professor of Higher Education at the University of Louisville.
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