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Race as Phenomena

Race as Phenomena

Between Phenomenology and Philosophy of Race

Edited by Emily S. Lee

Publication Date: Jul 2019

Pages 288

Hardback 9781786605368
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This book introduces and explores the relation between race and phenomenology through varied African American, Latina, Asian American, and White American perspectives. Phenomenology is best known as a descriptive endeavor to more accurately describe our experience of the world. These essays examine the ways in which this relation between phenomenology and race acts as a site of racial meaning.

Philosophy of race conceives race as a social construction. Because of the sedimentation of racial meaning into the very structure and practices of society, the socially constructed meanings about features of the body are mistaken as natural. Hence although racial meaning is theoretically recognized as socially constructed, during an every-day interaction, racial meaning is mistaken as inevitable and natural. Phenomenology facilitates precisely understanding this confusion of a social construction as natural. Race is a phenomenon.

Ideal for advanced students in phenomenology and philosophy of race, this volume pushes phenomenological method forward by exploring its relation to questions within philosophy of race.
Introduction / 1. Race Consciousness, Phenomenologically Understood, Lewis Gordon / 2. Social Motility in Black, George Yancy / 3. The Intersections of Race, Gender, and Criminality: A Black Women's Phenomenological Account, Shaeeda A. Mensah / 4. ‘New Mestizas,’ ‘World-Travelers,’ and ‘Dasein’: Phenomenology and the Multi-Voiced, Multi-Cultural Self, Mariana Ortega / 5. Toward Seeing Otherwise, Emily S. Lee / 6. ’You are in the dark, in the car,’ Yes, You: ‘Second’ Consciousness, a Philopoethical Thinking with Claudia Rankine”, Kyoo Lee / 7. The Constitution of a People, Boram Jeong / 8. Challenging Conceptions of the ‘Normal’ Subject in Phenomenology, Christine Wieseler / 9. Social Psychology, Phenomenology, & the Indeterminate Content of Unreflective Racial Bias, Alex Madva / 10. Becoming White: White Children and the Erasure of Black Suffering, Shannon Sullivan / 11. Seeing Like a Cop: A Phenomenology of Racist Police Violence, Lisa Guenther / 12. The Phenomenology of White Identity, Linda Martin Alcoff / Bibliography / Index
Emily S. Lee is Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University at Fullerton. Her research interests include feminist philosophy, philosophy of race and phenomenology, especially the works of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. She is editor of Living Alterities: Phenomenology, Embodiment, and Race (2014).

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