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E-mail after purchase. Conditions apply. Learn more. See all free Kindle reading apps. Start reading Sites of Race Conversations on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Review Lively, incisive, and provocative, these conversations between Goldberg and Giroux serve both as an introduction to Goldberg's important work for newcomers, and as a significant elaboration that will be of great interest to those already familiar with him. Monahan, Marquette University Through these provocative conversations in which Susan Searls Giroux asks David Theo Goldberg to reflect on the body of his work, we discover what it means to inhabit a world where race has been consigned to the realm of the invisible, but political, economic, and ideological structures continue to bear "the weight of race.
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Please try again later. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. I confess to being a long-term fan of his work for its scholarly rigor, its intelligent philosophical undergirding and its political astuteness: his conversations display these qualities and more. Beginning on an autobiographical note that ponders the earlier part of his life in the apartheid state of South Africa, he reflects on racialization and its nation-state and global provenance and manifestations; offering a powerful rumination on waiting and ambivalence that speak to the times in which we live.
His thoughts on the ways in which race is constitutive of the state and modernity itself is threaded through contemporary circumstances in global connection, individualization, financialization, and the privatization of the repressive state in the US military-industrial complex. Long live racism. Day, we send a loud, collective message that bigotry is taboo.
And in cases where skin color is not explicitly evoked, can we say with certainty that race played a part? The more specific Giroux and Goldberg make their observations, as in the insightful last chapter on Obama, the stronger their prose is. Not long ago, I attended the wedding of a mixed-race couple and sat at a large table filled with differently colored faces, all laughing and toasting together. In fact, virtually all the techniques that are used by contemporary states to control and prevent the unwanted movement of particular populations from passports, patrols, fences, walls, and checkpoints through to carrier sanctions were trailed by slave states seeking to control the mobility of slaves.
JOD: Absolutely in the case of mainstream academics and NGOs, and right wing and social democratic media and politicians. So to preserve this version of state sovereignty, extensive and gross violations of what would in other contexts be understood as basic and universal human rights are not merely tolerated by EU states, but actively perpetrated. We could be mobilizing politically against the gap between the abstract rights that human beings are declared to have and the acknowledgement of those rights, as the original anti-slavery movement did.
These are all framings that erase visible contradictions between the founding principles of liberal democratic states and the means employed to defend state power.
Sites of Race
Again, the history of transatlantic slavery might have something to teach us, because in the anxieties today expressed about immigration, there are strong echoes of nineteenth century concerns about the threat that the abolition of slavery would pose to the liberal social order. American proslavery thinkers foretold its utter collapse and even white people who in principle opposed chattel slavery often feared that its abolition would have dire economic and social consequences falling wages for white workers, the collapse of industries, loss of white privilege, race riots, etc.
Such fears were misplaced — it proved perfectly possible to sustain a system of racial domination in the absence of chattel slavery. However, it does at least show that social structures and hierarchies that appear to the vast majority of the population as utterly inevitable and entirely unalterable — as slavery once did and borders now do — can be torn down.
Perhaps those of us who want to see an end to borders can take courage from this, yet also recognize that even this immense and positive change would not, on its own, spell freedom. Post-abolition history underlines the need for continuing collective political struggles around race, gender, class, caste, sexuality, disability, and age, and continuing efforts to understand and address their complex intersections.
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