Race as Phenomena: Between Phenomenology and Philosophy of Race

Race as Phenomena: Between Phenomenology and Philosophy of Race

by Emily S. Lee (Editor)


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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.

Ideal for advanced students in phenomenology and philosophy of race, this volume pushes the phenomenological method forward by exploring its relation to questions within philosophy of race.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786605375
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Emily S. Lee is 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).

Table of Contents

1. A People Yet to Come: ‘People of Color’ Reconsidered, Boram Jeong
2. Multiplicitous Selves as Being-between-Worlds and Being-in-Worlds, Mariana Ortega
3. The Intersections of Race, Gender, and Criminality: A Black Women's Phenomenological Account, Shaeeda A. Mensah
4. The Veil, Race, and Appearance: A Political Phenomenology, Hourya Bentouhami
5. Challenging Conceptions of the ‘Normal’ Subject in Phenomenology, Christine Wieseler
6. Social Psychology, Phenomenology, and the Indeterminate Content of Unreflective Racial Bias, Alex Madva
7. A Phenomenology of Seeing and Affect in a Polarized Climate, Emily S. Lee
8. Race Consciousness, Phenomenologically Understood, Lewis Gordon
9. The Black Body: A Phenomenology of Being Stopped, George Yancy
10. The Phenomenology of White Identity, Linda Martin Alcoff
11. Seeing Like a Cop: A Critical Phenomenology of Whiteness as Property, Lisa Guenther
12. Becoming White: White Children and the Erasure of Black Suffering, Shannon Sullivan

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