Racial Americana

An issue of: South Atlantic Quarterly

Racial Americana
Journal Issue Pages: 228 Volume 104, Number 3 Published: 2005 An issue of South Atlantic Quarterly
Special Issue Editor: John L. Jackson
If sociologist and cultural critic W. E. B. Du Bois proved prophetic about the twentieth century and its color lines, the beginning of the twenty-first century has given rise to divergent pronouncements about the potential of race relations and racial discourse in American society. Older categories of black victims and white victimizers hardly seem up to the task of making social sense out of today’s complex racial issues. Racial Americana explores new modes of racial theorizing that provide a more nuanced framework for understanding the social facts that underpin race (as belief system, as common sense, and as biological mythmaking), examining what those underpinnings forewarn about the future of social difference in the United States.

Imagining America’s racialist future, the diverse contributors to this special issue—anthropologists, sociologists, historians, poets, and literary critics—offer their conceptualizations of race today, discuss how racial ideology has changed through the years, and explain its continuing ability to morph according to geopolitical, cultural, and economic strictures. Essays focus on how notions of race have helped constitute varied definitions of Americanness in the past and the present; offer critiques and recuperations of antiessentialist efforts; excavate the affective links between racism and patriotism after September 11; examine how race and gender intersect in the lives of African American jazz musicians; and determine what Du Bois's earlier arguments say about contemporary representations of “Latinidad.”

Contributors. Elizabeth Alexander, Amiri Baraka, Tess Chakkalakal, Theodore A. Harris, John Hartigan Jr., Sharon P. Holland, John L. Jackson Jr., Marcyliena Morgan, Vijay Prashad, Don Robotham, Nichole T. Rustin, Brackette F. Williams


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1. A Little Black Magic–John L. Jackson Jr.

2. The Last Word On Racism: New Directions For A Critical Race Theory–Sharon P. Holland

3. Hip-Hop Women Shredding The Veil: Race And Class In Popular Feminist Identity–Marcyliena Morgan

4. ‘‘Mary Lou Williams Plays Like A Man!’’ Gender, Genius, And Difference In Black Music Discourse–Nichole T. Rustin

5. The Negro Digs Up Her Past: ‘‘Amistad’’–Elizabeth Alexander

6. Getting Out Of The Hole–Brackette F. Williams

7. Our Flesh Of Flames–Amiri Baraka And Theodore A. Harris

8. Hunted Everywhere: Collaging The Capitol, A Manifesto–Theodore A. Harris

9. ‘‘Making A Collection’’: James Weldon Johnson And The Mission Of African American Literature–Tess Chakkalakal

10. Culture Against Race: Reworking The Basis For Racial Analysis–John Hartigan Jr.

11. Cosmopolitanism And Planetary Humanism: The Strategic Universalism Of Paul Gilroy–Don Robotham

12. How The Hindus Became Jews: American Racism After 9/11–Vijay Prashad

13. Notes On Contributors

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