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Crash Politics and Antiracism

Interrogations of Liberal Race Discourse

by Phillip Howard (Volume editor) George J. Sefa Dei (Volume editor)
Textbook VIII, 221 Pages
Series: Counterpoints, Volume 339

Summary

Crash Politics and Antiracism argues that race and racism continue to script the social fabric in Euro-North America. While dominant discourses claim that we have made significant progress away from racial bigotry, there is no shortage of evidence that inequitable ideologies of race prevail. Similarly, mainstream cinematic productions have mass appeal, yet tend to demonstrate and cement the racial ideologies that circulate in society. As such, they can be used either for the propagation of dominant ideologies or in the development of critical consciousness. Crash Politics and Antiracism does the latter, understanding the award-winning film Crash as an especially interesting pedagogical site, for while to many it offers a fresh analysis of race and racism, the antiracist analyses in this book suggest that it recycles oppressive understandings of race. The essays in this collection, written from a variety of racial locations, provide readings of Crash that seek to disrupt the movie’s subtle messages and, more importantly, some of the intractable liberal notions of race that perpetuate racial inequity. The considerations raised in this volume will enrich critical conversations about how race and racism work in contemporary Euro-North American societies – whether these conversations occur in classrooms, boardrooms, or living rooms.

Details

Pages
VIII, 221
ISBN (Hardcover)
9781433102455
ISBN (Softcover)
9781433102462
Language
English
Tags
Crash (Film) Antirassismus Aufsatzsammlung Racism Race Relation Whiteness Minority Film Multiculturalism Power
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. VIII, 221 pp.

Biographical notes

Phillip Howard (Volume editor) George J. Sefa Dei (Volume editor)

The Editors: Philip S.S. Howard is a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology and Equity Studies Department of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. George J. Sefa Dei is Professor and immediate past Chair of the Equity Studies Department of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

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