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The Creolizing Subject: Race, Reason, and the Politics of Purity

Michael J. Monahan


How does our understanding of the reality (or lack thereof) of race as a category of being affect our understanding of racism as a social phenomenon, and vice versa? How should we envision the aims and methods of our struggles against racism? Traditionally, the Western political and philosophical tradition held that true social justice points toward a race-less future — that racial categories are themselves inherently racist, and a sincere advocacy for social justice requires a commitment to the elimination or abolition of race altogether. This book focuses on the underlying assumptions that i ... More

Keywords: race, category of being, racism, social phenomena, social justice, purity, whiteness, social negotiation, racial categories, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823234493
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234493.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Monahan, author
Department of Philosophy, Marquette University