Front Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

It is difficult to put into words the web of connections that has sustained this book over the years. My first and deepest thanks go to the teachers and mentors who helped this work grow: Sue Campbell, James Clifford, Lorraine Code, Angela Davis, Barbara Epstein, Donna Haraway, and David Hoy. They are extraordinary scholars, unparalleled interlocutors, and exemplars of principled, warmhearted, cheerful living. ...

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Prologue

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pp. ix-xxiii

Even though humans are more committed to language than other animals, we use more than words in every aspect of engagement with our lives. We are intricately and intimately connected with others and with the world, and most of these connections happen alongside, beneath, and in other spheres than the words we say and the propositions we formulate. We know how to ...

PART I: Mapping Implicit Understanding

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Chapter 1: Theories of Implicit Understanding

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pp. 3-28

In the Anglo-American analytic philosophical tradition, there is relatively little attention paid to the fourfold category I am calling implicit understanding. Even so, there has been some significant work both squarely within and alongside this style of philosophy. In this chapter I aim to show how a range of theorists have articulated aspects of implicit understanding. Despite the ...

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Chapter 2: Racialized Common Sense

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pp. 29-46

According to W. E. B. Du Bois, “The problem of the future world is the charting, by means of intelligent reason, of a path not simply through the resistances of physical force, but through the vaster and far more intricate jungle of ideas conditioned on unconscious and subconscious reflexes of living things; on blind unreason and often irresistible urges of sensitive matter; ...

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Chapter 3: An Aesthetics of Sensuousness

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pp. 47-70

If common sense is a key aspect of oppressive social relations, as the prior chapter argues, transforming social relations will involve changes at the level of common sense. Susan Babbitt speaks to this with the language of dreaming impossible dreams—working for things that exceed what is considered possible under current conditions. Robin D. G. Kelley calls this the work of freedom dreaming in social movements. ...

PART II: Navigating Transformations

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Chapter 4: Negative Affect and Whiteness

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pp. 73-97

I worry about the process by which things become popular. This orientation toward the hip, nourished equally in DIY culture and in academe, pursues the new and the obscure, preferring to be among the first to plumb a new well. This approach is also, I think, rooted in capitalist social relations of marketability and, by extension, cornering markets. On all these grounds, I ought to excise this chapter, written when talking ...

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Chapter 5: Enacting Solidarity

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pp. 98-124

Often people’s racial, gendered commonsense understandings become palpable when they try to work in solidarity with others. As Gadamer suggests, it is something outside our horizon of presupposition—a text, a person— that puts our prejudgments into play. Minnie Bruce Pratt describes feeling that she could not simply move to a place where she “joined others to ...

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Chapter 6: A Knowing That Resided in My Bones

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pp. 125-155

“Knowledge for social movements must move us,” writes Avery Gordon; it must be “sensual and magical.”1 I find this an evocative and intuitively compelling call to action. What might happen when we understand our conceptual experience of social worlds to interact with and be conditioned by our embodied experience? I extend Gordon’s categories to think about sensuousness as material, embodied understanding ...

References

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pp. 157-171

Index

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pp. 173-180

Back Cover

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