The Creolizing Subject
Race, Reason, and the Politics of Purity
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Fordham University Press
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In the spring of 2008 I went to Barbados for a few months to conduct research for and begin the writing of this book. During my stay I rented a house in the Parish of Christchurch, in the southern part of the island. One afternoon, my landlord...
1. Contingency, History, and Ontology: On Abolishing Whiteness
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One of the truths that emerge rather quickly when one is attempting to theorize race and racism, and which I emphasize explicitly in my classroom, is that ontological questions about the reality of race, or lack thereof, lead quickly to more ethical and political questions...
2. Turbulent and Dangerous Spirits: Irish Servitude in Barbados
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I first visited Barbados in the summer of 2004 to attend the initial meeting of the newly formed Caribbean Philosophical Association. While a few friends and I were exploring the city of Bridgetown on a steamy May afternoon, we turned a corner and came upon a large...
3. Race and Biology: Scientific Reason and the Politics of Purity
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In order to articulate an account of racial ontology that transcends the politics of purity, it is necessary to spell out in more detail exactly what the politics of purity is and how it operates. Broadly understood, the politics of purity holds that the norm toward which racial categories and racialized individuals ought to strive, or are even...
4. “Becoming” White: Race, Reality, and Agency
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I have suggested that much of the discourse on the relation between race and biology is mired in positivism. In other words, it is presumed that, in order for something to be biologically real, it will admit of necessary and sufficient conditions that effectively...
5. The Politics of Purity: Colonialism, Reason, and Modernity
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In terms of racial ontology, as described in the previous chapter, the politics of purity operates normatively to prescribe clearly bounded categories of being admitting of necessary and sufficient conditions for membership such that each individual is unambiguously a member of one and only one racial category. As a corrective to the politics...
6. Creolizing Subjects: Antiracism and the Future of Philosophy
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My account so far has focused upon the way in which the politics of purity serves as an organizing theme and driving force behind racial reality. The politics of purity is to be understood as informing both the ontology of race itself and the practice of racial oppression...
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Publication Year: 2011