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The Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism

ISBN: 978-1-4443-5664-9
408 pages
September 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Written by a renowned scholar of critical race theory, The Threat of Race explores how the concept of race has been historically produced and how it continues to be articulated, if often denied, in today’s world.
  • A major new study of race and racism by a renowned scholar of critical race theory
  • Explores how the concept of race has been historically produced and how it continues to be articulated - if often denied - in today’s world
  • Argues that it is the neoliberal society that fuels new forms of racism
  • Surveys race dynamics throughout various regions of the world - from Western and Northern Europe, South Africa and Latin America, and from Israel and Palestine to the United States
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Preface and Acknowledgments vi

Author's Note xii

1 Buried, Alive 1

2 "Killing Me Softly": Civility/Race/Violence 32

3 Deva-Stating Discriminations, Discriminating Devastations (On Racial Americanization) 66

4 Targets of Opportunity (On Racial Palestinianization) 106

5 Precipitating Evaporation (On Racial Europeanization) 151

6 Revealing Alchemies (On Racial Latinamericanization) 199

7 A Political Theology of Race (On Racial Southafricanization) 245

8 Enduring Occupations (On Racial Neoliberalism) 327

Index of Authors 377

Index of Keywords 382

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David Theo Goldberg directs the systemwide University of California Humanities Research Institute. He is also Professor of Comparative Literature and Criminology, Law and Society, as well as a Fellow of the Critical Theory Institute, at the University of California, Irvine. He has authored several books, including The Racial State (Blackwell, 2002) and Racist Culture: Philosophy and the Politics of Meaning (Blackwell, 1993).
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  • A major new study of race and racism by a renowned scholar of critical race theory
  • Explores how the concept of race has been historically produced and how it continues to be articulated - if often denied - in today’s world
  • Argues that it is the neoliberal society that fuels new forms of racism
  • Surveys race dynamics throughout various regions of the world - from Western and Northern Europe, South Africa and Latin America, and from Israel and Palestine to the United States
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"Yet, it has the great value of underlining that Africa's future is indeed in the hands of Africans, and only they will determine if it is a successful future or a return to second fiddle of human history ... At the same time, I am sure, those who know Africa will realize how much this book reflect the reality on the ground. A reality that will surprise the world in the years to come." (South World, 1 October 2011)

"This is powerful stuff. The author intends no scholarly dispassion, no footnoted academic treatise. Rather he presents an impassioned argument at length, replete with examples, full of word games to emphasize a point. There is fire in this work. The book is interesting, written with passion and obvious pleasure in playing with the language. The Threat of Race is a strong addition to the growing library of anti-globalism, [and] anti-neoliberal critiques." Indigenious Peoples and Issues Website

 

"Written with the same clarity and masterly command of contemporary scholarship as his now classic Racist Culture and The Racial State, and powerfully articulating the tensions of the postcolonial societies in the North and the South, David Theo Goldberg’s new book is likely to transform the lively debate on the construction of “race” as category and its relationship to historical processes of “racialization”."
Etienne Balibar, Paris X Nanterre and University of California

"A systematic, wonderfully readable and thoroughly radical assessment of the politics of race that offers a unique perspective on where critical race theory stands at the moment, and the questions just beginning to emerge for the future."
Achille Mbembe, author of On the Postcolony

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