The Habits of Racism

The Habits of Racism : A Phenomenology of Racism and Racialized Embodiment

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The Habits of Racism examines some of the complex questions raised by the phenomenon and experience of racism. Helen Ngo argues that the conceptual reworking of habit as bodily orientation helps to identify the more subtle but fundamental workings of racism, exploring what the lived experience of racism and racialization teaches about the nature of the embodied and socially-situated being.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 160 x 237 x 22mm | 494g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1498534643
  • 9781498534642

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter One Racist Habits: Bodily Gesture, Perception, and Orientation Chapter Two The Lived Experience of Racism and Racialized Embodiment Chapter Three Die Unheimlichkeit: The Racialized Body not-at-Home Chapter Four Racism's Gaze: Between Sartre's Being-Object and Merleau-Ponty's Intertwining Conclusion
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Review quote

Helen Ngo has written a thought-provoking and highly engaging book. She weaves together, in careful and astute readings, the philosophies of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Martin Heidegger with recent phenomenologically-oriented work in philosophy of race, in particular Linda Martin Alcoff's, George Yancy's, and my own work. Her account of habit as holding and held, her critical reformulation of 'sedimentation' as active receptivity, and her theorization of the bodily work, stress and affectivity of managing and anticipating racialization are keen analyses that take phenomenology of race-and phenomenology more generally-further and open up new and exciting spaces for thinking. -- Alia Al-Saji, McGill University
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About Helen Ngo

Helen Ngo is honorary fellow in philosophy at Deakin University.
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