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Nationalism's Bloody Terrain
Racism, Class Inequality, and the Politics of Recognition
Edited by George Baca
122 pages, Pocket Size 4.25in x 7in
ISBN 978-1-84545-235-3 $14.95/£11.95 / Pb / Published (May 2006)
eISBN 978-1-78238-763-3 eBook
“This tiny collection of essays may serve as a welcome contribution to the better understanding of the complex issues on race and racism and of the diversity of racial conceptions surviving under new disguises.” · Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale
As many scholars have argued, racism and its passions are created by and subordinated to the nation. This volume places the practices of racism at the center of analysis of so-called post-racist or multi cultural nation-states. This way, each contributor analytically treats racism and its related concepts of race, identity, culture, and naturalizing symbols of blood to highlight the manner in which governing institutions use nationalist precepts to create "races". In the end, it is racism - the actual political practices of domination - that makes "race" salient, especially in its multi-cultural and liberal-democratic form.
George Baca is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Goucher College in Baltimore. He is currently completing a manuscript on the relationship between racial politics and militarization in the American South.