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We are in the fray of another signature moment in the long history of the United States as a project of anti-Black and racial–colonial violence. Long before (and well after) November 2016, white nationalism, white terrorism, and white fascist statecraft proliferated state and extra-state terror as a common order. Here, Dylan Rodríguez counter-narrates the long “post–civil rights” half-century as a period of White Reconstruction, in which the struggle to reassemble the ascendancy of White Being toxifies the formal disassembly of U.S. (Jim/Jane Crow) apartheid and permeates the political and institutional logics of diversity, inclusion, formal equality, and “multiculturalist white supremacy.”

Thinking across a variety of archival, testimonial, visual, and activist texts—from Freedmen’s Bureau documents and the “Join LAPD” hiring campaign to Barry Goldwater’s hidden tattoo and the Pelican Bay prison strike—White Reconstruction implicates the cultural politics and statecraft of white liberalism and reaction alike, illustrating how anti-Black and racial–colonial domestic war not only survive periods of reform but are the conditions of dominance on which such reforms rely, and through which they often articulate.

Throughout White Reconstruction, Rodríguez considers how the creative, imaginative, speculative collective labor of abolitionist praxis responds to legitimated and normalized state violence and terror, showing how the complex and constructive work of abolition can displace and potentially destroy the ascendancy of White Being and Civilization in order to create possibilities for insurgent thriving.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. Dylan Rodríguez
  3. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Introduction. "The Cause Is Effect": Inhabiting White Reconstruction
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. 1 "I Used Her Ashes": Multiculturalist White Supremacy/Counterinsurgency/Domestic War
  2. pp. 35-58
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  1. 2 "Let the Past Be Forgotten . . .": Remaking White Being, from Reconstruction to Pacification
  2. pp. 59-106
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  1. 3 Goldwater's Tribal Tattoo: On Origins and Deletions of Post-Raciality
  2. pp. 107-134
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  1. 4 "Civilization in Its Reddened Waters": Anti-Black, Racial-Colonial Genocide and the Logic of Evisceration
  2. pp. 135-175
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  1. 5 "Mass Incarceration" as Misnomer: Domestic War and the Narratives of Carceral Reform
  2. pp. 176-214
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  1. Epilogue. Abolitionist Imperatives
  2. pp. 215-228
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 229-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-290
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 291-292
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823289417
MARC Record
OCLC
1197700053
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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