Racism, Modernity and Identity

Racism, Modernity and Identity : On the Western Front

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The West has a unique civilization, a powerful front of modernity, liberty, democracy and affluence. This volume offers critical perspectives from both inside and outside the cultural and intellectual frontiers of the Western project. The primary focus is on analyzing racism and changing ethnicities in Europe and the US in the context of new forms of global dislocation, economic recession, the resurgence of neo-Fascism, and a widespread sense of the crisis of Western modernity. The chapters assess the value of Marxist perspectives and newer approaches that take "modernity" and "postmodernity" as frameworks for analysis. They also explore how European identities have been continually reconstructed by a cultural repression of the non-Western, whether through colonial discourses, the denial of Asian, Islamic, Judaic and African influences or the effects of Eurocentric conceptions of subjectivity in the psychiatric disciplining of ethnic minorities.show more

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  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 0745609414
  • 9780745609416

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Part I: Racism and "Postmodernity". 1. "Western" Racisms, Ethnicities and Identitities in a "Postmodern" Frame: Ali Rattansi (City University, London). 2. Exploring Other Zones of the Postmodern: Problems of Ethnocentrism and Difference across the North-South Divide: David Slater. Part II: The Western Front. 3. Unpacking the West: How European is Europe? Jan Nederveen Pieterse. 4. Egypt in America: Racism and Colonial Discourse: Robert Young. Part III: Racisms and Modernity in Europe . 5. Racism in Europe: Unity and Diversity: Michel Wieviorka. 6. Explaining Racism in Contemporary Europe: Robert Miles. 7. Universalism and Difference: The Crisis of Anti-Racism in Britain and France: Cathie Lloyd. Part IV: Racialized Identities, Local and Global. 8. Racism, Mental Illness and the Politics of Identity: Sallie Westwood (University of Leicester). 9. Racial Formation and Hegemony: Global and Local Developments: Howard Winant.show more

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