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Author Melamed, Jodi.
Title Represent and destroy [electronic resource] : rationalizing violence in the new racial capitalism / Jodi Melamed.
Publication Info. Minneapolis : Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2011.
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Description xxiv, 274 p.
Series Difference incorporated.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: ContentsPrefaceIntroduction: Producing Discourses of Certainty with Official Antiracisms -- 1. Killing Sympathies: Racial Liberalism and Race Novels -- 2. Counterinsurgent Canon Wars and Surviving Liberal Multiculturalism -- 3. Making Global Citizens: Neoliberal Multiculturalism and Literary Value -- 4. Difference as Strategy in International Indigenous Peoples' Movements -- Epilogue: Rematerializing AntiracismAcknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary "In the global convulsions in the aftermath of World War II, one dominant world racial order broke apart and a new one emerged. This is the story Jodi Melamed tells in Represent and Destroy, portraying the postwar racial break as a transition from white supremacist modernity to a formally antiracist liberal capitalist modernity in which racial violence works normatively by policing representations of difference. Following the institutionalization of literature as a privileged domain for Americans to get to know difference--to describe, teach, and situate themselves with respect to race--Melamed focuses on literary studies as a cultural technology for transmitting liberal racial orders. She examines official antiracism in the United States and finds that these were key to ratifying the country's global ascendancy. She shows how racial liberalism, liberal multiculturalism, and neoliberal multiculturalism made racism appear to be disappearing, even as they incorporated the assumptions of global capitalism into accepted notions of racial equality. Yet Represent and Destroy also recovers an anticapitalist "race radical" tradition that provides a materialist opposition to official antiracisms in the postwar United States--a literature that sounds out the violence of liberal racial orders, relinks racial inequality to material conditions, and compels desire for something better than U.S. multiculturalism"-- Provided by publisher.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary, 2013. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ebrary affiliated libraries.
Subject Racism -- History -- 20th century.
Racism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Multiculturalism -- History -- 20th century.
Multiculturalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Racism in literature.
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ISBN 9780816674244 (hardback acid-free paper)
9780816674251 (paperback: acid-free paper)
9780816678624 (e-book)
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