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Sites of Race

ISBN: 978-0-7456-7178-9
232 pages
September 2014, Polity
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Critical social theorist and philosopher David Theo Goldberg is one of the defining figures in critical race theory.  His work, unsurpassed in its analytical rigor and political urgency, has helped transform the way we think about race and racism across the humanities and social sciences, in critical, social and political theory and across geopolitical regions.
 
In this timely collection of incisive and lively conversations with Susan Searls Giroux, Goldberg reflects upon his studies of race and racism, exploring the key elements in his thought and their contribution to current debates. Sites of Race is a comprehensive overview of Goldberg’s central ideas and concepts, including the idea of the Racial State, his emphasis on militarism as a culture, and his treatment of the "theology of race". Elegantly navigating between the theoretical and the concrete, he brings fresh insight to bear on significant recent events such as the War on Terror, Katrina, the killing of Trayvon Martin and Arizona's controversial immigration laws, in the process enriching and elaborating upon his vast body of work to date.

Sites of Race offers fresh avenues into Goldberg's work for those already familiar with it, and provides an ideal entry point for students new to the field of critical race theory.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction 1

1 Race to modernity 14

2 Global racialities 35

3 Modernity’s civic religion 48

4 Racial states 66

5 Fearing Foucault 83

6 The raciologics of militarizing society 108

7 Migrating racisms 130

8 Civic lessons 152

9 Racial (ir)relevance 170

10 Reiteracing Obama 185

References 209

Index 218

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Author Information

David Theo Goldberg is Director at the UC Humanities research institute and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California

Susan Searls Giroux is Associate Vice President (Faculty) and Professor of English at McMaster University

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