Friday, April 13, 2007

New section: the social construction of race.

How race was constructed, and is still constructed, in America is one of the most important issues of the day. I hope to include books here that trace this, including books on how whiteness is constructed, also books on how race is lived and experienced in America.

"Postethnic America", the second book listed, is actually not about a future where we get beyond the notion of ethnicity so much as a proposal for going a step beyond multiculturalism by recognizing the many different identities that we might belong to, including splits in heritage and culture.

"Rise and fall of the white republic" traces the evolution of whiteness in the 19th century through popular culture and deals with how working class whites were coopted into the white establishment.

Both, you might say, are very worthwhile subjects.

Hope to review Roediger and Noel Ignatieff soon.

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