The Meaning of Race: Race, History and Culture in Western Society

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Macmillan International Higher Education, Jul 12, 1996 - Physical anthropology - 323 pages
In The Meaning of Race, Kenan Malik throws new light on the nature and origins of ideas of racial difference. Arguing that the concept of 'race' is a means through which Western society has come to understand the relationship between humanity, society and nature, the book re-examines the relationship between Enlightenment thought and racial discourse, clarifies the nature of scientific racism, and presents a critique of postmodern theories of cultural 'difference'.

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Contents

The Social Limits to Equality
38
Equality and Social Conflict
55
The Social Limits to Equality
68
From Romantic Reaction to Scientific Racism
84
Race in the Age of Democracy
101
Race Imperialism and Democracy
114
Race Culture and Nationhood
128
From Biological Hierarchy to Cultural Diversity
149
Cultural Wars
178
Islam Enlightenment and Citizenship
193
The Bifurcated World
209
Orientalism and Ahistoricism
227
Appearance Essence and Equality
247
Equality and Emancipation
260
Bibliography
292
Copyright

LéviStrauss and the Celebration of Inequality
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