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Represent and DestroyRationalizing Violence in the New Racial Capitalism$
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Jodi Melamed

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674244

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674244.001.0001

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Producing Discourses of Certainty with Official Antiracisms

Producing Discourses of Certainty with Official Antiracisms

(p.1) Introduction Producing Discourses of Certainty with Official Antiracisms
Represent and Destroy

Jodi Melamed

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses geopolitical aspects of the modern racial system in the post-World War II era. Antiracist and liberal-capitalist modernity became rampant after World War II in the form of state-recognized U.S. antiracism movements such as racial liberalism, liberal multiculturalism, and neoliberal multiculturalism. These movements influenced the formation of the state, from the period of Cold War expansionism to the period of contemporary neoliberalism by using literature as a tool for Americans to describe, teach, and situate themselves with respect to racial difference. The book stresses the importance of literary studies for producing, transmitting, and describing the violence of race-liberal orders that inspired the antiracism movements.

Keywords:   racial systems, liberal-capitalist modernity, antiracism, racial liberalism, liberal multiculturalism, neoliberal multiculturalism

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