Racecraft The Soul of Inequality in American Life

Author: Karen Fields
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781844679942
Release Date: 2012-10-09
Genre: Political Science

The election of Barack Obama was supposed to herald the dawn of a post-racial age in America—a meaningless term without a grasp of what "racial" means. Most people assume that racism grows from the perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. In this myth-busting reflection, the sociologist Karen E. Fields and the historian Barbara J. Fields argue the opposite: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call racecraft. And racecraft is intimately entwined with other forms of inequality in American life. So pervasive are the devices of racecraft in American history, economic doctrine, politics, and everyday thinking that the presence of racecraft itself goes unnoticed. That the post-racial age has not dawned, the Fieldses argue, reflects the failure of Americans to develop a legitimate language for thinking about and discussing inequality across the board. That failure should worry all who care about democratic institutions.

Racecraft

Author: Barbara J. Fields
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781844679959
Release Date: 2012-10-09
Genre: Social Science

Most people assume that racism grows from a perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields argue otherwise: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call “racecraft.” And this phenomenon is intimately entwined with other forms of inequality in American life. So pervasive are the devices of racecraft in American history, economic doctrine, politics, and everyday thinking that the presence of racecraft itself goes unnoticed. That the promised post-racial age has not dawned, the authors argue, reflects the failure of Americans to develop a legitimate language for thinking about and discussing inequality. That failure should worry everyone who cares about democratic institutions.

Zwischen mir und der Welt

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Publisher: Hanser Berlin
ISBN: 9783446251953
Release Date: 2016-02-01
Genre: Political Science

Wenn in den USA schwarze Teenager von Polizisten ermordet werden, ist das nur ein Problem von individueller Verfehlung? Nein, denn rassistische Gewalt ist fest eingewebt in die amerikanische Identität – sie ist das, worauf das Land gebaut ist. Afroamerikaner besorgten als Sklaven seinen Reichtum und sterben als freie Bürger auf seinen Straßen. In seinem schmerzhaften, leidenschaftlichen Manifest verdichtet Ta-Nehisi Coates amerikanische und persönliche Geschichte zu einem Appell an sein Land, sich endlich seiner Vergangenheit zu stellen. Sein Buch wurde in den USA zum Nr.-1-Bestseller und ist schon jetzt ein Klassiker, auf den sich zukünftig alle Debatten um Rassismus beziehen werden.

Das Echo der Erinnerung

Author: Richard Powers
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104037035
Release Date: 2015-09-30
Genre: Fiction

Nach seinem Bestseller ›Der Klang der Zeit‹ erforscht Richard Powers, was Familien im Innersten zusammenhält: das zerbrechliche Geflecht aus Gefühl und Erinnerung. Die ergreifende Geschichte eines Geschwisterpaares und ein Panorama des heutigen Amerikas vereinen sich hier in seinem neuen großen Roman. Kearney ist die geographische Mitte der USA - und die Mitte von Nirgendwo. In einer Winternacht überschlägt sich Mark mit dem Auto. Als er wieder ins Leben zurückfindet, hält er seine Schwester Karin für eine feindliche Doppelgängerin. Sie hingegen versucht alles, um ihm ein normales Leben zu ermöglichen. Auf einer bewegenden Reise in das Innerste einer Familie macht uns Richard Powers mit dem größten Geschichtenerzähler bekannt: unserer Erinnerung. Sie schafft das Echo unseres Lebens, das uns trägt, umfängt und bisweilen grausam täuscht.

Sterblich sein

Author: Atul Gawande
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104035840
Release Date: 2015-09-24
Genre: Self-Help

Ein Buch über das Sterben, das das Leben lehrt Die Medizin scheint über Krankheit und Tod zu triumphieren, doch sterben wir so trostlos wie nie zuvor. Der Bestsellerautor und renommierte Arzt Atul Gawande schreibt in seinem beeindruckenden Buch über das, was am Ende unseres Lebens wirklich zählt. Ungewöhnlich offen spricht er darüber, was es bedeutet, alt zu werden, wie man mit Gebrechen und Krankheiten umgehen kann und was wir an unserem System ändern müssen, um unser Leben würdevoll zu Ende zu bringen. Ein mutiges und weises Buch eines großartigen Autors, voller Geschichten und eigener Erfahrungen, das uns hilft, die Geschichte unseres Lebens gut zu Ende zu erzählen. »Dieses Buch ist nicht nur weise und sehr bewegend, sondern gerade in unserer Zeit unbedingt notwendig und sehr aufschlussreich.« Oliver Sacks »Die medizinische Betreuung ist mehr auf Heilung ausgelegt als auf das Sterben. Dies ist Atuls Gawandes stärkstes und bewegendstes Buch.« Malcolm Gladwell

Wem geh rt die Zukunft

Author: Jaron Lanier
Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe
ISBN: 9783455851137
Release Date: 2014-02-08
Genre: Political Science

"Du bist nicht der Kunde der Internetkonzerne. Du bist ihr Produkt." Spätestens seit den Enthüllungen des Whistleblowers Edward Snowden ist klar: Die "schöne neue Welt" nimmt Gestalt an, und es wird höchste Zeit, ihr etwas entgegenzusetzen. Internetpionier und Cyberguru Jaron Lanier liefert eine profunde Analyse der aktuellen Trends in der Netzwerkökonomie, die sich in Richtung Totalüberwachung und Ausbeutung der Massen bewegt. Der Bestseller aus den USA endlich auf Deutsch!

Here Comes Trouble

Author: Michael Moore
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 9783492956055
Release Date: 2012-03-12
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Eine unvergessliche, atemberaubende Reise durch das Leben und die Zeiten von Michael Moore. Der Bestseller-Autor schreibt darüber, wie er mit Bobby Kennedy im Aufzug fuhr und was er mit katholischen Priestern erlebte. Er erzählt, wie er damals die Berliner Mauer einreißen half und natürlich darüber, wie er seine eigene feierliche Oscar-Verleihung störte und was er mit Ronald Reagan in Bitburg zu tun hatte.

The Columbian Covenant Race and the Writing of American History

Author: James Carson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137438638
Release Date: 2014-12-18
Genre: History

This provocative analysis of American historiography argues that when scholars use modern racial language to articulate past histories of race and society, they collapse different historical signs of skin color into a transhistorical and essentialist notion of race that implicates their work in the very racial categories they seek to transcend.

The Counter Revolution of 1776

Author: Gerald Horne
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9781479808724
Release Date: 2014-04-18
Genre: History

The successful 1776 revolt against British rule in North America has been hailed almost universally as a great step forward for humanity. But the Africans then living in the colonies overwhelmingly sided with the British. In this trailblazing book, Gerald Horne shows that in the prelude to 1776, the abolition of slavery seemed all but inevitable in London, delighting Africans as much as it outraged slaveholders, and sparking the colonial revolt. Prior to 1776, anti-slavery sentiments were deepening throughout Britain and in the Caribbean, rebellious Africans were in revolt. For European colonists in America, the major threat to their security was a foreign invasion combined with an insurrection of the enslaved. It was a real and threatening possibility that London would impose abolition throughout the colonies—a possibility the founding fathers feared would bring slave rebellions to their shores. To forestall it, they went to war. The so-called Revolutionary War, Horne writes, was in part a counter-revolution, a conservative movement that the founding fathers fought in order to preserve their right to enslave others. The Counter-Revolution of 1776 brings us to a radical new understanding of the traditional heroic creation myth of the United States.

The First Civil Right

Author: Naomi Murakawa
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199380725
Release Date: 2014-07-10
Genre: Law

The explosive rise in the U.S. incarceration rate in the second half of the twentieth century, and the racial transformation of the prison population from mostly white at mid-century to sixty-five percent black and Latino in the present day, is a trend that cannot easily be ignored. Many believe that this shift began with the "tough on crime" policies advocated by Republicans and southern Democrats beginning in the late 1960s, which sought longer prison sentences, more frequent use of the death penalty, and the explicit or implicit targeting of politically marginalized people. In The First Civil Right, Naomi Murakawa inverts the conventional wisdom by arguing that the expansion of the federal carceral state-a system that disproportionately imprisons blacks and Latinos-was, in fact, rooted in the civil-rights liberalism of the 1940s and early 1960s, not in the period after. Murakawa traces the development of the modern American prison system through several presidencies, both Republican and Democrat. Responding to calls to end the lawlessness and violence against blacks at the state and local levels, the Truman administration expanded the scope of what was previously a weak federal system. Later administrations from Johnson to Clinton expanded the federal presence even more. Ironically, these steps laid the groundwork for the creation of the vast penal archipelago that now exists in the United States. What began as a liberal initiative to curb the mob violence and police brutality that had deprived racial minorities of their 'first civil right-physical safety-eventually evolved into the federal correctional system that now deprives them, in unjustly large numbers, of another important right: freedom. The First Civil Right is a groundbreaking analysis of root of the conflicts that lie at the intersection of race and the legal system in America.

Racism and Sociology

Author: Wulf D. Hund
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 9783643905987
Release Date: 2014-11-05
Genre: Social Science

This volume presents various perspectives regarding the intersection of racism and sociology. Contents include: Racism in White Sociology: From Adam Smith to Max Weber * Postracial Silences: The Othering of Race in Europe * From the Congo to Chicago: Robert E. Park's Romance with Racism * Telling about Racism: W.E.B. Du Bois, Stuart Hall, and Sociology's Reconstruction * Racism's Alterity: The After-Life of Black Sociology * Whitening Intersectionality: Evanescence of Race in Intersectionality Scholarship * The Politics of (Anti-)Racism: Academic Research and Policy Discourse in Europe. (Series: Racism Analysis - Series B: Yearbooks - Vol. 5) [Subject: Sociology, Racial Studies]