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More than a quarter-century after the passage of civil rights legislation in the United States and decades since the last European colonies attained their independence, race continues to play a central role in cultural, political, and economic life, both in the United States and around the globe. Race divides societies and individuals, shapes social policies of the most diverse sort, and organizes basic ideas about human identity and difference. Why? This ambitious book addresses the gaps in our understanding of contemporary racial dynamics, and develops a powerful theoretical approach to the vast subject of race. Howard Winant, one of the leading writers in the United States on the subject, argues that race cannot be understood as a "social problem" or as a "survival" of earlier, more benighted ages. Indeed, from the rise of Europe to the present, race has been a social condition, a permanent though flexible feature of human society and identity. The key to Winant's analysis is racial formation theory, an approach he refines and advances as he considers a wide range of contemporary controversies in racial theory and politics. Among these are the relationship between race and class, as well as the racial dimensions of gender, diaspora, colonialism, and fascism. Other key topics include the changing nature of racial identity in the post-civil rights era, the 1992 Los Angeles riot, and politics of race in Brazil. Intellectually challenging and clearly written, well informed and deeply committed to social and racial justice, Racial Conditions marks an important advance in critical thinking about race today. Howard Winant teaches sociology at Temple University.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I. Racial Theory
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. 2. The Theoretical Status of the Concept of Race
  2. pp. 13-21
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  1. 3. Where Culture Meets Structure: Race in the 1990s
  2. pp. 22-36
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  1. 4. Dictatorship, Democracy, and Difference: The Historical Construction of Racial Identity
  2. pp. 37-54
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  1. Part II. Racial Politics
  2. pp. 55-56
  1. 5. Contesting the Meaning of Race in the Post-Civil Rights Period
  2. pp. 57-68
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  1. 6. The Los Angeles "Race Riot" and Contemporary U.S. Politics
  2. pp. 69-84
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  1. 7. Hard Lessons: Recent Writing on Racial Politics
  2. pp. 85-108
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  1. Part III. The Comparative Sociology of Race
  2. pp. 109-110
  1. 8. Racial Formation and Hegemony: Global and Local Developments
  2. pp. 111-129
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  1. 9. Rethinking Race in Brazil
  2. pp. 130-147
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  1. 10. "The Fact of Blackness" in Brazil
  2. pp. 148-156
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  1. 11. Democracy Reenvisioned, Difference Transformed: Comparing Contemporary Racial Politics in the United States and Brazil
  2. pp. 157-170
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 171-180
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 181-194
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 195-199
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 200-200
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816685660
Related ISBN
9780816623877
MARC Record
OCLC
560385760
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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