The Invention of the White Race

Author: Theodore W. Allen
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781859840764
Category: History
Page: 372
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On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Martin Luther King declared his dream of a racially integrated, non-discriminatory American society. Some three centuries before, that dream had in many ways been reality, since white skin privilege was recognized neither in law nor in the social practices of the laboring classes. But by the early decades of the eighteenth century, racial oppression would be the norm in the plantation colonies, and African Americans would continue to suffer under its yoke for more than two centuries. In this second volume of his acclaimed study of the origins of racial oppression, Theodore Allen explores the ways in which African bond-laborers were turned into chattel slaves and were differentiated from their fellow proletarians of European origin. Rocked by the solidarity across racial lines exhibited by the rebellious laboring classes in the wake of the famous Bacon's Rebellion, the plantation bourgeoisie sought a solution to its labor problems in the creation of a buffer social control stratum of poor whites, who enjoyed little enough privilege in colonial society beyond that of their skin color, which protected them from the enslavement visited upon Africans and African Americans. Such was, as Allen puts it, "the invention of the white race," that "peculiar institution" which continues to haunt social relations in the US down to the present. Allen's two volumes are essential reading for students of US history and politics.

The Invention of the White Race

Author: Theodore W. Allen
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9780860916604
Category: History
Page: 310
View: 3410
"A monumental study of the birth of racism in the American South which makes truly new and convincing points about one of the most critical problems in US history a highly original and seminal work."—David Roediger, University of Missouri

The Invention of Race

Scientific and Popular Representations
Author: Nicolas Bancel,Thomas David,Dominic Thomas
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317801164
Category: History
Page: 308
View: 5543
This edited collection explores the genesis of scientific conceptions of race and their accompanying impact on the taxonomy of human collections internationally as evidenced in ethnographic museums, world fairs, zoological gardens, international colonial exhibitions and ethnic shows. A deep epistemological change took place in Europe in this domain toward the end of the eighteenth century, producing new scientific representations of race and thereby triggering a radical transformation in the visual economy relating to race and racial representation and its inscription in the body. These practices would play defining roles in shaping public consciousness and the representation of “otherness” in modern societies. The Invention of Race provides contextualization that is often lacking in contemporary discussions on diversity, multiculturalism and race.

The Invention of Dolores Del Rio

Author: Joanne Hershfield
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816634101
Category: Minorities in the motion picture industry
Page: 165
View: 9948
"Dolores del Rio challenged Hollywood's - and the public's - prevailing views on race and gender from the 1920s through the 1960s. Her roles, costumes, and makeup, along with the advertising, publicity, and reviews of her films, reveal the influence of her ethnicity and her construction as an exotic commodity: her sexual image ran counter to the dominant social standards for femininity and against miscegenation, but her exoticism - and the promotion of it - contributed to her renown as one of Hollywood's most enduring stars."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The SAGE Handbook of Race and Ethnic Studies

Author: Patricia Hill Collins,John Solomos
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446248356
Category: Social Science
Page: 560
View: 5825
"The SAGE Handbook of Race and Ethnic Studies is one of the best handbooks outlining the latest thinking on race and ethnic studies published in recent years...The breadth of themes and the depth of discussion are ambitious, offering the reader an A-Z guide of contemporary thinking on race and ethnicity...a valuable resource for scholars and activists alike." - Runnymede Bulletin What is the state of race and ethnic studies today? How has the field emerged? What are the core concepts, debates and issues? This panoramic, critical survey of the field supplies researchers and students with a vital resource. It is a rigorous, focused examination of the central questions in the field today. The text examines: The roots of the field of race and ethnic studies. The distinction between race and ethnicity. Methodological issues facing researchers. Intersections between race and ethnicity and questions of sexuality, gender, nation and social transformation. The challenge of multiculturalism. Race, ethnicity and globalization. Race and the family. Race and education. Race and religion. Planned and edited by a distinguished team of Anglo-American scholars, the Handbook pools an impressive range of international world class expertise and insight. It provides a landmark work in the field which will be the measure of debate and research for years to come.

A History of Affirmative Action, 1619-2000

Author: Philip F. Rubio
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781604730319
Category: Social Science
Page: 327
View: 4307
A readable history that puts the current debates in historical context

Africa's Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization

Author: Messay Kebede
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789042008106
Category: Philosophy
Page: 256
View: 9061
This book discovers freedom in the colonial idea of African primitiveness. As human transcendence, freedom escapes the drawbacks of otherness, as defended by ethnophilosophy, while exposing the idiosyncratic inspiration of Eurocentric universalism. Decolonization calls for the reconnection with freedom, that is, with myth-making understood as the inaugural act of cultural pluralism. The cultural condition of modernization emerges when the return to the past deploys the future.

White Man Falling

Race, Gender, and White Supremacy
Author: Abby L. Ferber
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847690268
Category: Social Science
Page: 182
View: 8649
Ferber's provocative critique examines white supremacists' firm belief that white men are becoming victims and the repercussions of their attempts to assert white male power.

The Columbian Covenant: Race and the Writing of American History

Author: James Carson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137438630
Category: History
Page: 127
View: 3370
This provocative analysis of American historiography argues that when scholars use modern racial language to articulate past histories of race and society, they collapse different historical signs of skin color into a transhistorical and essentialist notion of race that implicates their work in the very racial categories they seek to transcend.

Birth of a White Nation

The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today
Author: Jacqueline Battalora
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency
ISBN: 1631359258
Page: N.A
View: 6825
Birth of a White Nation is a fascinating new book on race in America that begins with an exploration of the moment in time when "white people,” as a separate and distinct group of humanity, were invented through legislation and the enactment of laws. The book provides a thorough examination of the underlying reasons as well as the ways in which “white people” were created. It also explains how the creation of this distinction divided laborers and ultimately served the interests of the elite. The book goes on to examine how foundational law and policy in the U.S. were used to institutionalize the practice of “white people” holding positions of power. Finally, the book demonstrates how the social construction and legal enactment of “white people” has ultimately compromised the humanity of those so labeled.