Are racists crazy? – quick reference
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 6:26 AM
I’m interested in this – perhaps YELLOW thinking about race?
Looking into a deeper dive into the authors’ view. Hope to resolve some patterns that hold True.
Title: Are Racists Crazy?
Authors: Sander L. Gilman & James M. Thomas
Tags: All, Current Reading, Sociology
Path: Click to open
Publisher: NYU Press
Date: 21 Dec 2016
Published: Dec 2016
Modified: 21 Dec 2016
AZW3: Are Racists Crazy_ – Sander L. Gilman
To summarize, then, our treatment of race defines it as:
2. shaped by historical, material, and discursive forces;
3. without basis in human biology, anatomy, or physiology;
4. nevertheless, ontologically real, in the sense that the category has been, and remains, a fundamental organizer of political, social, and economic opportunities.
Some readers may inquire about where “ethnicity” fits into our discussion. It is increasingly common among scholars of race and racism to collapse any distinction between “race” and “ethnicity,” and employ “race” when referring to categories of difference that have political, social, and economic consequences. Though there are arguments to be made for treating the categories “Jew,” “black,” and “white” as ethnic distinctions because of unique cultural histories or contemporary cultural practices by members within those categories, we believe our consideration of how these categories became markers of mental disease, and thus, difference, highlights the historical fact that “blacks,” “whites,” and “Jews” are, first and foremost, techniques of governance. That is, the discursive and material apparatuses responsible for the emergence of those categories have always been oriented toward managing populations defined by those terms. For example, the United States Census, as one technique of governance, included only two racial categories (“white” and “colored”) in 1790, added the category of “mulatto” in 1850, “quadroon” and “octoroon,” along with “Indian,” “Chinese,” and “Japanese” in 1890, and “Mexican” in 1930, which was then removed until 1970.
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