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Conceptual Aphasia in Black

Displacing Racial Formation

Edited by P. Khalil Saucier and Tryon P. Woods - Contributions by Patrice Douglass; Barnor Hesse; Tamara K. Nopper; P. Khalil Saucier; Greg Thomas; Tryon P. Woods and Connie Wun

This book presents a metacritique of racial formation theory. The essays within this volume explore the fault lines of the racial formation concept, identify the power relations to which it inheres, and resolve the ethical coordinates for alternative ways of conceiving of racism and its correlations with sexism, homophobia, heteronormativity, gender politics, empire, economic exploitation, and other valences of bodily construction, performance, and control in the twenty-first century. Collectively, the contributors advance the argument that contemporary racial theorizing remains mired in antiblackness. Across a diversity of approaches and objects of analysis, the contributors assess what we describe as the conceptual aphasia gripping racial theorizing in our multicultural moment: analyses of racism struck dumb when confronted with the insatiable specter of black historical struggle. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 174Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4985-1701-0 • Hardback • August 2016 • $80.00 • (£52.95)
978-1-4985-4418-4 • eBook • August 2016 • $79.99 • (£52.95)
P. Khalil Saucier is chair and associate professor of Africana Studies at Bucknell University.

Tryon P. Woods is assistant professor of crime and justice studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and teaches Africana studies at Rhode Island College and of Black Studies at Providence College.
Preface: Counter-Racial Formation Theory, Barnor Hesse
Introduction: Racial Optimism and the Drag of Thymotics, P. Khalil Saucier and Tryon P. Woods
Chapter One: No Reprieve: The “Racial Formation” of the United States as a Settler-Colonial Empire (Black Power, White-Sociology, and Omi & Winant, Revisited), Greg Thomas
Chapter Two: Being in the Field: A Reflection on Ethnographic Practice, P. Khalil Saucier
Chapter Three: Anti-Blackness as Mundane: Black Girls and Punishment Beyond School Discipline, Connie Wun
Chapter Four: Strangers to the Economy: Black Work and the Wages of Non-Blackness, Tamara K. Nopper
Chapter Five: At the Intersections of Assemblages: Fanon, Capécia, and the Unmaking of the Genre Subject, Patrice Douglass
Chapter Six: “Something of the fever and the fret”: Antiblackness in the Critical Prison Studies fold, Tryon P. Woods
With a passion that supplants the stumblings of aphasia and racial denials, this book offers elegant analyses to decode, and action to confront, structural violence. Calls to "end" predatory worlds demand language that reflects our struggles. With at times brave and painful sincerity, "Conceptual Aphasia in Black" builds structure that allows us to speak.
Joy James, author of Seeking the Beloved Community