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Why Race Still Matters


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Acknowledgements Introduction One: Race Beyond Social Construction Two: 'Not Racism (TM)' Three: Making it About Race Four: Good Jew/Bad Jew Conclusion: Talking and Not Talking About Race Bibliography Notes Index

About the Author

Alana Lentin is Associate Professor in Cultural and Social Analysis at Western Sydney University.


"Lentin's book is necessary reading. Lentin explains the whitewashing of racial-colonial history and how structural white advantage must be dismantled for progress to take place." Sydney Morning Herald '13 Books to Take Your Mind of 2020' "A wide-ranging, powerful and timely account of what race is, what is does, and why it still matters in our supposedly 'post-racial' times. [...] Eloquent and accessible, [... it] is also valuable to a popular audience for whom the book would provide a thorough entry point into thinking more deeply about race and racism and a resource from which to cultivate racial literacy." The Sociological Review "An important book that sets out both the progressive and dangerous traits of anti-racism." Goeteborgs-Posten "Decolonial activists are troubled by the tendency, among certain scholars, towards what is ironically called 'the race for theory', or, in other words, academic work which is based on the concept of race but whose real purpose is personal career-building. Alana Lentin escapes this. Not only does this book draw inspiration from decolonial struggles and deepen them, it also fully recognises their legitimacy. For this, my infinite appreciation." Houria Bouteldja, Spokesperson for the Parti des Indigenes de la Republique (Party of the Indigenous of the Republic)? "Presently, mainstream intellectual and public discourse fundamentally lacks literacy in race. Lentin's book provides this literacy with rigor, accessibility and honesty. Above all, Lentin explains why race still matters in sociologically and geopolitically expansive ways." Robbie Shilliam, Johns Hopkins University

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