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Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life Paperback – March 4, 2014
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“Demanding and intelligent.” —Jennifer Vega, PopMatters
“These essays are extraordinary. I love the forceful elegance with which they hammer home that race is a monstrous fiction, racism is a monstrous crime.”—Junot Díaz
Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields have undertaken a great untangling of how
the chimerical concepts of race are pervasively and continuously reinvented and
reemployed in this country.”—Maria Bustillos, Los Angeles Review of Books
“The neologism ‘racecraft’ is modelled on ‘witchcraft’ … It isn’t that the Fieldses
regard the commitment to race as a category as an irrational superstition. On the
contrary, they are interested precisely in exploring its rationality—the role that
beliefs about race play in structuring American society—while at the same time
reminding us that those beliefs may be rational but they’re not true.”—Walter Benn Michaels, London Review of Books
“A most impressive work, tackling a demanding and important topic—the myth that we now live in a postracial society—in a novel, urgent, and compelling way. The authors dispel this myth by squarely addressing the paradox that racism is scientifically discredited but, like witchcraft before it, retains a social rationale in societies that remain highly unequal and averse to sufficiently critical engagement with their own history and traditions.”—Robin Blackburn
“With examples ranging from the profound to the absurd—including, for instance, an imaginary interview with W E B Dubois and Emile Durkheim, as well as personal porch chats with the authors’ grandmother—the Fields delve into “racecraft’s” profound effect on American political, social and economic life.”—Global Journal
“This is a very thoughtful book, a very urgent book.”—The Academic & The Artist Cloudcast
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About the Author
Karen E. Fields, an independent scholar, holds degrees from Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the Sorbonne. She is the author of many articles and three published books: Revival and Rebellion in Colonial Central Africa, about millennarianism; Lemon Swamp and Other Places: A Carolina Memoir (with Mamie Garvin Fields), about life in the twentieth-century South; and a retranslation of Emile Durkheim's masterpiece, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. She has two works in progress: Bordeaux's Africa, about the view of slavery from a European port city, and Race Matters in the American Academy.
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Top Customer Reviews
I believe) is greatly appreciated.
Racecraft is a rough read because the sisters put out so bluntly and gracefully on how this world we live in past and present the inequality in.this world is still so pronounced , but not as open but in the shadows as well as in code words then the times of Martin Luther king Jr times .
Although in reality not rhat much differen. From the.time of ssegregation times.
Although u am.colorblind and never saw color
Reading racecraft and race in the 21st century my eye have been opened to things that I knew existed but never really understood fully until now.. and for I am greatful.
Thank you Amazon for making it affordable and possible for me to attain my reading from you
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This tome has nothing new to offer on the question of racial categorization and its political usages. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jesse Baker
This book is extremely repetitive and badly organized, the language is sometimes overly academic and at other times inappropriately informal. Read morePublished 6 months ago by doug k
The authors do have plenty of worthwhile things to say about race, but less than a quarter of the way through the book, it was painfully obvious that they have NO UNDERSTANDING... Read morePublished 7 months ago by The nameless
This is a must-read! One of the most intelligently written books that I've read in a long time.
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