How can we make sense of race in Europe? In public discourse, race is understood as an outdated concept and as a reminiscence of a past that has been overcome. Drawing on intersectional feminist theory and a rich selection of examples from political and cultural discourse, Race in Post-Racial Europe provides a unique insight into how gender and racial inequalities are maintained through the claim of being beyond them.
Introducing What Has Been Left Behind
Part I: Above and Beyond
1 Contesting European Racial Denial
2 Theorising Europe: Race, Gender and the Making of Modernity
Part II: Ambiguous Presence
3 Racing Post-feminism
4 Desiring the Exotic: Racialized Women in Post-feminist Sexual Culture
5 Treacherous Mothers, Terrorist Daughters: Migrant Women as Threats
Part III: Liberal Resistances
6 Race in Post-homophobic Europe
7 But We Are All Different! Diversity and the Depoliticization of Anti-Racism
8 Resisting Intersectionality
Stefanie C. Boulila is an associated expert at the Center for Intersectional Justice.
As Europe is witnessing a new era of racial denial, Boulila (Lucerne Univ. of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland) provides valuable insights into European gender and racial inequalities that persist despite claims that they no longer exist. In her rigorous, thoughtful, and witty analysis, she questions how race operates in European democracies—especially with respect to sexual preferences. The author convincingly argues that the denial of "race" as a category has made it almost impossible to account for how "race" is used as a mechanism for social and political control. As she astutely observes, it is European "liberals" who have called for the implementation of tougher rules for immigrants and an end to multiculturalism. Particularly notable are chapter 1 ("Contesting European Racial Denial"), which explores the history of race denial in Europe; chapter 3 ("Racing Post-feminism"), which examines the political grammar of post-racialism and post-feminism in Europe; and chapter 7 ("But We Are All Different! Diversity and the Depoliticization of Anti-Racism"), which looks at the appeal of diversity in post-racial Europe. Boulila's final chapter, "Resisting Intersectionality," posits that intersectionality is a dangerous idea because it would necessitate changes to basic political and epistemological assumptions. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.
From astute observations of Meghan Markle and the multicultural monarchy, to the spectre of ‘monstrous’ Muslim women, Boulila brilliantly captures the political zeitgeist of the post-race moment with a rigorous and witty analysis that slices into the racism, sexism and Islamophobia that fuels the seductive common-sense political popularism sweeping Europe. A powerful and eloquent read that lifts the fog so we can see the truth!
In this book Stefanie C. Boulila makes a persuasive and compelling argument: we need the analytical category of race to explain the post-racial imaginary. Informed by a sustained engagement with Black feminist and feminist of colour thought, this book shows us the value of intersectionality and other terms that are often dismissed because they are dangerous. Boulila's new book will become a key text in what she calls "a growing archive of unruly knowledge."