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Journal Cover Critical Philosophy of Race
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   ISSN (Print) 2165-8684 - ISSN (Online) 2165-8692
   Published by Penn State University Press Homepage  [35 journals]
  • Race, Intersectionality, and Affect in Postapartheid Productions of the
           “Afrikaans White Woman”
    • Abstract: The end of official apartheid in South Africa does not signal the end of the power effects of the apartheid discourse. The “post” in postapartheid is here approached circumspectly to avoid triumphalism because, as Norval (2003, 265) argues, postapartheid “signifies a mode of being which goes beyond, yet remembers, the logic of apartheid. This beyond cannot be a pure beyond. Apartheid cannot simply be left behind.”The enduring traction of race occurs in a context of what Bauman (2001, 137) describes as “liquid modernity”: “There is more change these days than ever before—but . . . change nowadays is as disorderly as the state of affairs which it is meant to replace. . . . Things today are moving sideways, aslant or ... Read More
      Keywords: Mbembe, Achille,; South Africa; Hoernlé, Reinhold Friedrich Alfred,; Racially mixed people; Race; Autobiography; Women, White; Sexual minorities; Sex; Homophobia; Ethnology
      PubDate: 2016-07-12T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Transatlantic Knowledge Politics of Sexuality
    • Abstract: Sexual politics in the contemporary world are shaped by the racist legacy of colonial constructions of sex, sexuality, and gender. This article is concerned with the ways in which current African debates on sex and gender-based rights have become terrain upon which white racial projects are deployed and Western interests are advanced. Critical philosophies of race, sexuality, and power provide powerful insight into the forms of knowledge and ignorance used by U.S.-based political actors to (re)constitute Western dominance in the decolonial era through prevailing discourses on sex, sexuality, gender.1 This paper focuses on the rise of homophobia in African states and the role of both “conservative” and “progressive” ... Read More
      Keywords: Mbembe, Achille,; South Africa; Hoernlé, Reinhold Friedrich Alfred,; Racially mixed people; Race; Autobiography; Women, White; Sexual minorities; Sex; Homophobia; Ethnology
      PubDate: 2016-07-12T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Before Boas: The Genesis of Ethnography and Ethnology in the German
           Enlightenment by Han Vermeulen (review)
    • Abstract: The historiography of anthropology is notoriously fragmentary and fractious. In the American context, there is some confidence that a discipline came into place after Franz Boas. But before Boas, things remain far from clear. Scholars have hunted down first uses of key terms, only to be confuted by other scholars who found them earlier and elsewhere. Moreover, terms mean little without their concrete implementation, and historical inquiries have revealed not only how equivocal these terms have been, but also how disparate the implementations that evoked them. Various national traditions have taken different tacks in both rubrics and practices, adding to the blur in the overall history of the discipline. One of the ... Read More
      Keywords: Mbembe, Achille,; South Africa; Hoernlé, Reinhold Friedrich Alfred,; Racially mixed people; Race; Autobiography; Women, White; Sexual minorities; Sex; Homophobia; Ethnology
      PubDate: 2016-07-12T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference: Race in Early Modern
           Philosophy by Justin E. H. Smith (review)
    • Abstract: There has been no shortage of recent interest in the reality of “race” from those working in Anglo-American philosophy and other fields. One increasingly popular hypothesis states that although races have no objective reality, the idea persists because humans have evolved certain “mental machinery” or innate predispositions to process ethnic groups. This view takes a basic evolutionary assumption—that variations important to our survival are selected for and entrenched in a species—and applies it to racial categories. Since the ability to distinguish between social groupings was presumably important to our ancestors for survival, these theorists argue there has evolved an ability to process “in” and “out” groups ... Read More
      Keywords: Mbembe, Achille,; South Africa; Hoernlé, Reinhold Friedrich Alfred,; Racially mixed people; Race; Autobiography; Women, White; Sexual minorities; Sex; Homophobia; Ethnology
      PubDate: 2016-07-12T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Paradox of Liberal Politics in the South African Context: Alfred
           Hoernlé’s Critique of Liberalism’s Pact with White Domination
    • Abstract: Domenico Losurdo’s Liberalism: A Counter-History has drawn attention to the way some of the most prominent liberal philosophers of the tradition supported slavery, colonialism, and even genocide (Losurdo 2011). However, Losurdo fails to mention one of the most penetrating critics of classical liberalism on racial issues, R. A. W. Hoernlé, who for the twenty years from 1923 to his death in 1943 at the age of sixty-two was Professor of Philosophy at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg (Robinson 1952, xiii). What makes Hoernlé’s critique of classical liberalism so powerful is that for most of his philosophical life he was an unapologetic advocate of liberal political philosophy as traditionally conceived. And yet ... Read More
      Keywords: Mbembe, Achille,; South Africa; Hoernlé, Reinhold Friedrich Alfred,; Racially mixed people; Race; Autobiography; Women, White; Sexual minorities; Sex; Homophobia; Ethnology
      PubDate: 2016-07-12T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Racial Mixedness in the Contemporary United States and South Africa: On
           the Politics of Impurity and Antiracist Praxis
    • Abstract: Since the late twentieth century, the United States has seen greater recognition, acceptance, and valorization of mixed race in everyday parlance. This is the result of efforts by the mixed race/multiracial movement, whose work allowed people to choose multiple racial designations in the 2000 U.S. Census. Today, popular liberal discourses on race in the United States frequently identify increased rates of interracial partnering and mixed race identification as key trends along the path to racial justice.1 This popular discourse finds its philosophical corollary in the work of Naomi Zack, who, since 1993,2 has argued for broader self-identification and public recognition of mixed race as a way to undo “rigid and ... Read More
      Keywords: Mbembe, Achille,; South Africa; Hoernlé, Reinhold Friedrich Alfred,; Racially mixed people; Race; Autobiography; Women, White; Sexual minorities; Sex; Homophobia; Ethnology
      PubDate: 2016-07-12T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Assata Shakur, Mamphela Ramphele, and the Developing of Resistant
           Imaginations
    • Abstract: The autobiographies of Assata Shakur and Mamphela Ramphele allow the reader a glimpse into the experience of racial violence by state power. Shakur, a member of the Black Panthers in the 1970s, was a well-known target of the FBI and the U.S. criminal justice system. She was eventually convicted of being an accomplice to the murder of a New Jersey state trooper in a case where many believe that the evidence was, at best, circumstantial. Shakur escaped prison after her conviction and sought asylum in Cuba. Ramphele was a prominent figure in the Black Consciousness movement of the 1970s and 1980s in South Africa alongside figures such as Steve Biko. Throughout her time in this movement she was subject to harassment ... Read More
      Keywords: Mbembe, Achille,; South Africa; Hoernlé, Reinhold Friedrich Alfred,; Racially mixed people; Race; Autobiography; Women, White; Sexual minorities; Sex; Homophobia; Ethnology
      PubDate: 2016-07-12T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • “Thinking in Lightning and Thunder”: An Interview with Achille
           Mbembe
    • Abstract: Achille Mbembe has followed a singular path that led him to live and think in several continents at once: Africa, Europe, North America. He is one of the most innovative contemporary thinkers today, liberating the analysis of Africa (both myth and reality) from the classic economic and institutional approach, freeing this approach from its privileged axes (ancient vs. modern, colony vs. metropole, etc.), and displacing the point of view of rationality to the imaginary. From book to book, from position to position, he has developed an intra- and intercontinental migrant thought that has recently given birth to a “critique of negro reason [critque de la raison nègre],” since the Negro [le Nègre], he explains, is the ... Read More
      Keywords: Mbembe, Achille,; South Africa; Hoernlé, Reinhold Friedrich Alfred,; Racially mixed people; Race; Autobiography; Women, White; Sexual minorities; Sex; Homophobia; Ethnology
      PubDate: 2016-07-12T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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